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Re: Bobb family from India 1950 -1960
Posted by: Moya St Leger (ID *****1347) Date: January 15, 2010 at 02:02:50
In Reply to: Bobb family from India by Ann Bobb of 233

I too should like to know what happened to the Bobbs of India. Maybe my own information about the Bobbs who crossed my path in the 1950s will jog someone's memory.

Lois Bobb, was in her mid-forties in the mid 1950s when she taught me biology at my school, Harrow Country Girls' Grammar School. She was mixed race and very beautiful. Her father was Indian and her mother had been an Italian opera singer in New York. She was born in America but her father had returned to India with her when she was a girl.

Lois graduated in science in India, got married then after the war became a biology teacher in Calcutta. She had come to London to study for the London University Teacher's Diploma (T.Dip.) Her intention was to return to India and take up a Head's post of a girls school in Calcutta.

Lois was married to the Shipping Master of Calcutta, so socially she was top drawer. When she was in London, the Indian Ambassador held a reception for her at the High Commission.

She had two sons. The eldest, whose name I cannot now recall, was in the tea business. He was a tea taster, a very exclusive profession. Her youngest son, David (19), was in England stydying engineering at Loughborough College.

Lois spent a year in London, teaching and studying. She lived in a ramshackle garret in Ladbroke Grove, probably because the rent was so low. The house was so run down it was dangerous. The word Rachmanism wasn't yet in the English language!

Lois got her T.Dip and returned to India in 1956 to take up a post as Headmistress at the Pratt Memorial Girls' School in Ballygunge, Calcutta. I later heard she emigrated to Canada with her son David after her husband died.

I married a German lawyer and she visited me in Germany, dressed in a turquoise sari in 1962. She cause a stir, because back then, most Germans had bever seen such an exotic sight before. Nazism had locked them into a very narrow world, and Lois came before the great German 'getaway' in the sixties, when Germans started going on holidays to exotic places.

Lois then 'disappeared' and I never heard from her or of her again. She will have died meanwhile, but I should love to know what became of her and David Bobb.



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