Lord Lieutenant’s daughter dies

Professor Jane Moody, the Barnsley-born Director of York University's Humanities Research Centre and daughter of South Yorkshire's Lord Lieutenant, David Moody, who has died from breast cancer, aged 44.
Professor Jane Moody, the Barnsley-born Director of York University's Humanities Research Centre and daughter of South Yorkshire's Lord Lieutenant, David Moody, who has died from breast cancer, aged 44.
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THE DAUGHTER of South Yorkshire’s Lord Lieutenant David Moody has died from breast cancer aged 44.

Barnsley-born Professor Jane Moody was the Director of York University’s Humanities Research Centre.

Jane was educated at Ward Green Primary School, where she played the oboe in the schools’ concert band and in the Junior Operatic Society orchestra, before going on to study at Wakefield Girls’ High School.

After reading English Literature at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, she became a research fellow at Girton College, Cambridge.

In 1997, Jane joined York University’s English Department before being appointed professor at the age of 37.

She was deeply involved in the planning and design of the University’s Humanities Research Centre and became its first Director last year.

An expert on theatre history, her media appearances included the TV genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are and the BBC4 documentary Rude Britannia as well as Nightwaves on BBC Radio 3.

Jane kept news of her illness to a small circle of close friends.

Such was her dedication to her work at York that, the day before she stopped working, she discharged herself from hospital to fulfil a university commitment.

In 2008 she led the submission on behalf of the York University’s Department of English and Related Literature in the UK Research Assessment Exercise and the department was rated best in the country.

In June this year she co-directed York’s first Festival of Ideas.

Jane was the eldest daughter of David and Sue Moody of Stainborough, Barnsley.