Wednesday, 21 March 2012

The WMG will miss Anne Hulme


Anne Hulme was an active member of both the WMG and the NWTN for whom she set up the first website - she was a formidable technician even in the early days of CAT tools etc. Highly regarded as a technical translator from German and French into English, her soft spoken, unassuming manner belied her respected authority as a translator. Moreover, Anne was always ready to use her wealth of translation knowledge and experience to help new translators, by whom she will be remembered as an unusually sympathetic and supportive source of advice and encouragement.

In her personal life, Anne was a keen walker and cyclist who not only completed cycling feats few of us could aspire to, but achieved the kind of healthy work-life balance most of us long for. She was, above all, a thoughtful, perceptive and kind person with a gentle, but lively sense of humour at the right moments.

Anne was all these things to those of us who were fortunate enough to know her during her lifetime and lives on as such in our memories of her.
Jean Darvill

10 comments:

  1. Anne was also a PSG mentor and has helped many of us with her kind words and encouragement. Juliet

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  2. I too first came across Anne on the PSG in 2004 and I will always remember how generous she was with her support and advice when I was setting up the WMG.

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  3. I met Anne professionally and socially on only a handful of occasions over the years, but she left an impression on me. She was softly spoken yet authoritative and hugely experienced in translation. Together with her husband Roger, Anne was a keen cyclist, and I was always jealous to hear about their travel exploits; they seemed to have the right attitude to work-life balance. She will be sorely missed by friends and colleagues alike.

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  4. Over the years, Anne made a huge contribution to the NWTN and the ITI at national level, and I was very sad to hear of her untimely passing. Last June, she and Roger organised the 2011 ITI Walking Weekend at Church Stretton in Shropshire, which will leave many people with happy last memories of her.

    Mike Hanson

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  5. I will miss Anne too, indeed I already do. As well as being my guide and mentor since I became a freelance translator in 2003, I counted Anne as a friend and feel I was very fortunate to know her. My thoughts are with Roger and their son, Hugh, at this time.

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  6. Such a lovely lady. I always enjoyed the time I spent with Anne at translators' events, and I know she was greatly respected, and will be much missed, within the translation community.

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  7. Anne Hulme was one of those rare people who put more back into life, who made a difference to the world around them. Yet she did it so quietly that it was easy to overlook it. As well as being a past Chair of the North West Translators Network, to helping organise ITI's Birmingham conference, to being a regular mentor on ITI's online PSG course, Anne was also active in her local community through her Parish Council activities.

    Anne was a close colleague (in the real sense - we both worked for the same company for a few years), and we maintained a close working relationship for over 20 years. Her understanding of mechanical engineering, her thoroughness and attention to detail, and her excellent writing skills made Anne a brilliant translator. Her delciously sharp wit, her kindness, her willingness to roll up her sleeves and get on with the hard work part of the job meant she was always a superb colleague and friend.

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  8. Charlotte Monnier23 March 2012 at 12:08

    Anne was one of my teachers on the PSG 2009. She was always helpful, prompt to answer her mentees many questions and to put everyone on the right path. After the PSG, I have been able to follow her thanks to Twitter and I have always been amazed at how active she was. My thoughts are with her family.

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  9. Anne was the Chair of the NWTN when I nervously called her up one day in 1996 to inquire about the possibility of becoming a member of the NWTN. I can still remember the kind way in which she put me at ease and encouraged me to apply for membership.
    A couple of years later she attended one of my first Trados courses together with Heidi Kerschl and it struck me how keen she was to learn this new technology. Ever since that course, she has always been very kind and courteous towards me and I always found it a great pleasure to speak with her.
    As recently as last November, she attended another course, this time memoQ. Over lunch she told me about her recent travels to New Zealand. Anne will indeed be greatly missed.

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  10. As treasurer, on behalf of the WMG I have made a donation of £50 from WMG funds to Severn Hospice in memory of Anne. Her funeral is to be held at Shrewsbury crematorium at 10.15am on Wednesday the 4th of April.

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