Over the next 44 years Kate Lea executed the onerous duties of this office with unfailing good-humour. At council meetings her memory of precedents and clear-sighted solutions to procedural difficulties were invaluable. While other duties caused a succession of scholars to resign from the society's offices, she remained firm. Indeed for the majority of members Miss Lea was its embodiment: a fact to which the volume of mail they continued to address to her after 1983 bore witness.
Kathleen Lea's service to the Malone Society - dedicated to the exact reproduction of English play texts and dramatic documents before 1640 (and for whom she edited Philip Massinger's Parliament of Love, 1929) - deserves mention, writes Professor G.R. Proudfoot [further to the obituary by Rachel Trickett, 27 January]. Her edition of John Lyly's Mother Bombie (1948) was planned for 1939, the year in which she joined the society's Council as its Honorary Secretary.