Much-loved Leeds shorthand teacher dies aged 77

Mollie Whiteley
Mollie Whiteley
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Mollie Whiteley, who taught thousands of budding journalists how to write in shorthand, has died at the age 77.

Mollie, a tutor at Leeds Trinity University for nearly two decades, passed away at her home in Pudsey, Leeds, earlier this week.

Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity University

During her career she instructed hundreds of journalists how to write in Teeline shorthand, many of whom went on to work for local and national newspapers and broadcasters.

Everyone taught by Mollie remembers her unyielding dedication to her students, often coming in during her own time to help students ahead of exams and staying late when needed.

Her nephew, Steve Mason, told the YEP: “She was such a beautiful lady. She had such kind words to say about all of her students.

“She was so kind about everyone.”

Lisa Bradley, a tutor at Leeds Trinity, said: “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.”

Her funeral will take place on Monday at Rawdon Crematorium.