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Remember Alice Purnell

Alice 1963/64

Alice 2006


When did you attend Priory



How did you locate the Priory website?

A friend of my mother's sent it to her


Who were your most memorable teachers?

Nell Bourke for English-- wonderful, strong teacher, Betty Blake, for French-- she was almost our age and just back from Paris, and Tony Tame-- religion, fascinating and provocative


Nell Bourke


Who were your best friends at Priory?

George Cumming was my best friend. He was warm, friendly and kind. Erika Henriques was full of fun. Peter Wong was my true love. Aaron Abrahams was interesting and very intelligent. Kay Lynn Andrews was very sweet. really, it was a terrifically wonderful class.  

George Cumming

Peter Wong

Kay Lynn Andrews

Erica Henriques


Who are you in touch with today?

No one, but I did e-mail Erica and Kay Lynn after finding this web site.


Who would you like to track down?

George Cumming (Stephen's note - Resolved!)

Alice and George at Priory


What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

Never go to gym class


What memories/views do you have of Priory?

Terrific teachers who still stand out in my mind, English classes with George Cumming and Mrs. Bourke on the veranda, being tested for the oral portion of A levels by Betty Blake on the same veranda, history class with Mr. Bourke, "well now, masters,...', Tony Tame advancing the theory that Judas Iscariot was the most devoted disciple trying to force Jesus into performing a miracle that would convert all


Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

I remember the science boys, Aaron Abrahams and Anthony deLisser were a bit wackier than most of the rest, but they were very nice guys, too.

Anthony deLisser


Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

Outside Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. I teach art privately and at two retirement homes and manage a cooperative art gallery.


Tell us about any significant others

I have been married since 1968 to Jon Cannon who is a law professor at the University of Virginia. I have 3 children and one grandson.

Jon Cannon


Alice with grandson Sam


What do you think of the Priory Website?

This is a great website. I loved finding people and news of the school. congratulations!


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Published on the Priory Website Sunday 21st January 2007