By Dave Rowe: Pamela Boal died peacefully on August 16. She had cancer and the morphine treatment at least allowed her to die in her sleep.
Pamela was a Londoner who lived through the blitz. As an adult she he joined the R.A.F. and served as a Physical Instructor. Married Derek Boal, had three fantastic children but during that time she was diagnosed with what was thought to be MS, had to use a wheelchair with short walks with a cane and given five years to live.
That was 50 years ago.
Five years to live would have devastated most people, not Pamela, who was a fireball of mental energy. She joined MENSA, and through its British SF magazine, MESCIFIC, got involved with Science Fiction fandom, where she became a regular at Eastercon and the early UK Milford Writers’ conferences. She also held many weekend fan gathering at her home in Charlton Heights, Oxfordshire.
Pamela was also involved in the rights of Disabled. Her local Member of Parliament put her in touch with with a couple of like-minds who turned out to be con-artists and ripped the Boal family off for thousands causing Pamela to suffer a stroke.
Her reaction to all this was to work even harder, starting a society for disabled people (one of the sponsors was Jon Pertwee, the third Dr. Who).
She was also active participant in her local Social-Democrats Party, wrote children’s books (one of which was illustrated by Harry Bell) which unfortunately were never published. Also Children’s musicals and wrote some beautiful poetry which was another area where she helped friends and writers both locally and nationally.