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Shorthand tutor who worked at university for two decades dies aged 77

Mollie Whiteley

A shorthand teacher who taught hundreds of budding journalists has died at the age of 77.

Mollie Whiteley, left, worked as a tutor at Leeds Trinity University for nearly two decades, where she taught journalism students how to write Teeline shorthand.

Many of her students have since gone on to work for local and national newspapers and broadcasters.

Tributes have been paid to Mollie after she died at her home in Pudsey, Leeds.

Journalism tutor Lisa Bradley told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Mollie was treasured here at Leeds Trinity by both staff and the hundreds of students she has helped attain 100 words a minute in shorthand – she never left a man behind.

“She battled all elements to get to her classes, one time even braving two foot of snow for the sake of a student who needed extra coaching.

“She was an unique woman who had amazing stories to tell and students, past and present have been devastated at the news. She will be very much missed by all.”

Mollie’s nephew, Steve Mason, said: “She was such a beautiful lady. She had such kind words to say about all of her students. She was so kind about everyone.”

Her funeral will take place on Monday at Rawdon Crematorium.

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  • July 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Mollie was a great teacher and the Leeds Trinity postgrad trainees and staff loved her. It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with her.

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