It is with great sorrow that we have to announce that Dr Penny Lacey passed away peacefully on Monday 12 January 2015, with her family by her side. Penny was taken suddenly ill, whilst working at a school, last Monday and was found to have a blood clot on her brain. She was successfully operated on, but the damage to her brain was too severe. As a valued member of the Department of Disability, Inclusion, and Special Needs within the School of Education for over twenty one years, Penny was truly committed to improving the learning opportunities for children with learning disabilities, and she forged strong relationships with many local schools to ensure that her theoretical work was converted into real practice. In so doing, she changed the lives and improved the life chances of many vulnerable children. We will remember her as a colleague who was admired by both her students and the community for the contributions that she made to the field through her teaching and research. Just before Christmas, Penny was nominated by her students for the Disability and Learning Support Services’ Excellent Practice Awards, testament to the positive impact that she had on her students. We lose a dear colleague and friend; Penny is survived by her husband David and their children.
Read her obituary in The Telegragh