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Orts 41, 1996

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Our annual general meeting on 27 September provided an interesting contrast. Once the business had been dealt with, the spotlight was on one of our founder members, whose recent sudden loss was a shock to all. Phil Streeter's short talk on his friend and fellow-member Raphael Shaberman was not however a mournful obituary but a skillful portrait of a writer, scholar and artist who would probably have much disliked any public description of his personality. Raphael was perhaps best known for his work on the bibliography of George MacDonald; he was equally well informed on Lewis Carroll . He was a painter and graphic artist as well as a writer—probably very few knew of his interest in the teaching of autistic children. Fuller details will probably appear in 'North Wind' later on.