Sunday 10 March 2019

Madeleine Portwood: a pioneer

A short post today to celebrate the life and mark the passing of a friend and pioneer: Madeleine Portwood who died a few days ago (February 2019) after a long illness.

Madeleine was so much more than her Educational Psychologist title conveyed. She was a trailblazer; writing several books on the topic of dyspraxia (also known as developmental coordination disorder). She was a researcher. And she also wasn't afraid to court the odd bit of controversy either (see here).

I had the pleasure of working alongside Madeleine on several occasions; most recently on a study that we're just data analysing at the moment. She was always the seasoned professional, with a no-nonsense approach to everything she turned her hand to and a dry humour accompanying her intellect. She wasn't afraid to voice an opinion, and for that and many other reasons she was always held in high esteem by many.

My condolences go to her family and friends. She will be missed.


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