Respected teacher and intrepid traveller

Born: January 9, 1931

Died: July 13, 2019

Ann Rodgers Dargie, who has died aged 88, loved the travel she did around the world through her own job as a teacher and also through Roy her husband's work as a civil engineer.

Born into an Anglo Indian family in Madras she lived initially in Burma and Bangalore and during her secondary school years she attended the Bishop Cotton's Anglican boarding school.

In 1947 she made the long journey by sea from India to Glasgow with her mother and brother Gordon. The plan was that Gordon would pursue his career in marine engineering with the shipping and engineering company Harland and Wolff.

Her father who was a doctor in the British Army was due to join the family once he had completed his army service but sadly he died before that could happen.

Mrs Dargie undertook her higher education in Glasgow at the School of Domestic Science - now part of Glasgow Caledonian University. She then pursued a successful career as a Home Economics teacher in the secondary schools of St Georges Road and then Colston during which time she was appointed as an Examiner for the Scottish Education Department setting exam papers in Home Economics and undertaking moderating visits to schools in Glasgow as well as in the Orkney and Shetland Isles.

Always with a keen interest in what was happening in other countries she also undertook an exchange year teaching in Australia, revisiting India and Ceylon on the way there.

It was in the seventies that she met her husband Roy in Glasgow through friends and a mutual interest in theatre going. They married in 1976 and initially set up home in Dubai where Roy worked as a civil engineer with the London based consultancy firm Sir William Halcrow and Partners. Mrs Dargie initially taught at the school set up by her husband's firm for its employees and then at a primary school attended by Arab children.

In the early eighties the couple set off on their travels again spending two years in Jakarta. For a decade they then settled in London and she taught at Hammersmith Academy. On Roy's retirement they moved to Wales where Roy some years ago had bought a house. Travel still beckoned the pair however. Mrs Dargie would visit India to tend to her father's grave. She also accompanied Roy during the month he spent in a voluntary capacity in Guyana as a technical adviser with the British Executive Services Overseas (BESO) charity. And a year later the couple went on another volunteer stint to North India.

And then there were regular journeys to Glasgow where the couple had a flat so that they could be close to both their parents.

Mrs Dargie held a strong Christian faith. When her family first moved to Glasgow they attended the Church of Scotland but soon they gravitated towards St Margaret's Episcopal Church which is part of the Anglican Communion. She donated a stain glass window in memory of her mother to that church..

As a young woman she worked with the Iona Community helping run the kitchens for workers who helped restore the Abbey and for student clergy

In all the places she lived in Mrs Dargie was a very practical person and a great home maker. Her hobbies included embroidery and batik making, gem polishing and jewellery making.

She is survived by her husband Roy. Her brother Gordon is now deceased.