A Baxter centenarian

12 November 2014 | Story by Newsroom

Mrs Joan van Den Ende, the first warden of the Baxter Residence, celebrated her 100th birthday in October this year, and the UCT Alumni Relations team from the Development & Alumni Department (DAD), along with representatives from the Student Housing Office, paid her a visit to celebrate this auspicious occasion. Mrs van Den Ende regaled the group with stories of her time at Baxter, back when women students were not allowed to wear pants on campus, or leave the residence without declaring their plans, only for her to have to hunt them down when, on occasion, they had not returned to res by the agreed-upon hour. She recalled fondly how she saw herself as a mother to all of the Baxter girls, taking care of them as she would her own children. She was overjoyed that UCT had remembered her birthday, and the team was delighted to spend the time with her.

Centenary celebrations: (from left) Ndileka Camagu, Lungile Jacobs (both from DAD), Mathilda Fortune of Baxter Hall Residence, Shanaaz Sonday (Student Housing), Clifford Mongwegelwa, Soraya de Villiers (both from DAD).

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