A former headteacher of one of Birmingham's leading grammar schools has died at the age of 88.
Winifred Mary Joan Miller, who was head of the King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls in Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, for 15 years, died after suffering a stroke.
Educated at Kings School in Ottery St Mary, Devon, Ms Miller read geography at Birmingham University.
In 1940, she started her first teaching job at the North Manchester School for Boys, where she stayed for two years before moving to Levenshulme High School, Manchester.
She returned to Birmingham five years later to take up the position of senior geography mistress at King Edward VI Handsworth School.
On her return from a year-long scholarship in Canada, Ms Miller became the school's deputy headteacher.
In 1954, she became headteacher of a school in Plymouth, before returning to Birmingham in 1963 as the head of King Edward, where she remained until her retirement in 1978.
Elizabeth Mullenger, headteacher of Edgbaston High School, first met Ms Miller in 1975 at a job interview.
She said: "Ms Miller gave me lots of chances. She was very good at seeing opportunities to develop her younger staff and I, like others, benefited from that insight that she had. I remember her from the time of my interview. She was formal but she had a real twinkle in her eye, with plenty of spirit.
"Everyone would say she was very kind and was greatly respected by many generations of old girls. She knew every pupil in the school, was very balanced in her judgements and was extremely fair in dealing with people.
"She cared about every single person who worked on the Camp Hill site and she cared for the whole community. She was wise and above all was a dedicated teacher who never forgot that teaching was her vocation. Looking back I would say she was a real personality as a head. My views about her are shared by a lot of people who knew her."
Doreen Hancox, her former PA at Camp Hill, said: "Ms Miller was an active member of various committees of the Joint Matriculation Board.
"Three milestones in the continuing development at the school achieved under the leadership of Ms Miller included fund-raising and supervision of the construction of the swimming pool, which was opened by the Bishop of Aston in 1973, the building of the sixth form centre, which was opened by Bishop Leonard Wilson, and fundraising and building of the June Howard Memorial Sports Hall, opened in 1979 by Ms Miller shortly after her retirement."
Ms Miller was the chairman of the Birmingham and District Christian Education Movement, the Council for Education in World Citizenship, and the Yardley Educational Trust. In addition, she was a member of the King Edward Foundation governing body, the chair of governors at King Edward's Handsworth and in 1972 became the president of the Midlands Association of Headmistresses.
An active Soroptimist International member, Ms Miller founded the Plymouth and District Branch and became the president of the Birmingham branch.
She was also a voluntary guide at the city's art gallery and enjoyed the arts and rugby.
A memorial service will be held for Ms Miller on June 24 at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls at 2.30pm.
Donations in her memory can be sent to Doreen Hancox at the school's address. All proceeds will go towards a memorial at the school.