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28 Mar 08

Obituaries from April edition of CA Magazine

Crawley, Joseph Leslie, died 30 January 2008, aged 93. He lived in Linlithgow, West Lothian. Before retiring, Mr Crawley was a consultant at Crawley & Fisher, Linlithgow. He was admitted to membership on 30 September 1938.

Crole, Gerard Malcolm, died 5 January 2008, aged 85. He lived in London. Before retiring, Mr Crole was a partner in Ernst & Whinney, London. He was admitted to membership on 19 September 1953.

Keppie, Jean Gilchrist, died December 2007, aged 93. Before retiring, Mrs Keppie was a director with Turnbull & Wilson, Edinburgh. She was admitted to membership on 24 February 1937.

Kidd, Professor Frank Forrest, died 15 March 2008, aged 69. Professor Kidd was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland from 1988-89. Before retiring, he was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand in Edinburgh. He was admitted to membership on 16 September 1960. An appreciation will appear in the May edition of CA Magazine.

Kirkhope, Forbes, died 23 February 2008, aged 88. He lived in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. Before retiring, Mr Kirkhope was a sole practitioner at Forbes Kirkhope CA, Angus. He was admitted to membership on 25 February 2008.

Lamond, William, died 1 June 2007, aged 82. He lived in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire. Before retiring, Mr Lamond was a director at James Finlay, Glasgow. He was admitted to membership on 28 March 1949.

Mowat, William James Martin, died 11 January 2008, aged 65. He lived in Ayr. Before retiring, Mr Mowat was senior partner at William Duncan & Co, Ayr.

He was admitted to membership on 30 November 1965.


Jean Keppie, who died in December aged 93, was the first woman in Scotland to pass the CA final exams with distinction, earning a press headline “Women CAN count” which no doubt read as less patronising in 1937 than it does now.

She was recognised for her long dedication to the voluntary sector, particularly the Girl Guides, with an MBE in 1997.

Born Jean Wallace in 1914 she grew up in Dirleton, a seaside village near Edinburgh. She was educated at St Trinnean’s School in Edinburgh, where she became head girl. She trained with her father’s firm Wallace & Somerville CA, qualifying in 1937.

She married Hamish Wilson in 1937 and they had two daughters. Wilson, a lieutenant in the Seaforth Highlanders, was killed shortly after the D-Day landings.

She worked in the family firm, the linen shop Turnbull & Wilson, until retirement, as managing director and latterly as chairman.

She married Eddie Keppie in 1954 but he died five years later.

Having been a Brownie and Guide in her childhood, she became leader of her local company, the 193rd City of Edinburgh, based in Colinton. She took on a number of roles in the Guide movement, serving as commissioner for Edinburgh from 1960 until 1970, when she became treasurer to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a post she held for eight years.

Jean Keppie enjoyed skiing, hillwalking, gardening and country dancing and sailed her 28ft sloop Trefoil well into her 80s.

Past President Primrose Scott met Jean Keppie when she took over the audit of Turnbull & Wilson. She recalls the meticulous accounting records and an astute business woman, full of enthusiasm and energy, and a very caring and supportive employer to her long serving and loyal staff.

It was a great privilege and pleasure to have known and given service to one of the pioneer women of ICAS.

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