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Alumni News

4 May 2018

Obituary: Former pupil Claire Rigby

Obituary: Former pupil Claire Rigby

With their father in the Army,  Claire and her sister Helen were boarders at Dunottar School in the 1980s. 

After completing her education with a degree in English literature from Sussex University Claire began mentoring younger students. She also became involved in politics and writing, two of the themes that were to run through the rest of her life. Claire became active in the anti-capitalist movement, initially through the protests against tuition fees, and later in autonomous Marxist circles defending workers’ rights.

A turning point for her was securing a job as a copy editor at the Argus, Brighton, in 1998. That served as a springboard for more such gigs, including a decade-long stint as copy editor of Capital & Class.

Fluent first in Spanish and then Portuguese, Claire loved South America and moved to Argentina with her husband Jorge in 2009. After a stint at the Buenos Aires Herald, she went to Time Out Buenos Aires and was soon promoted to editor. In 2010, she moved to Brazil to start Time Out São Paulo.

Her specialist subjects were art, travel and culture – in addition to her continued commitment to leftist politics – and she was an active and popular member of several collectives and co-operatives in São Paulo, a city she loved for its dynamism and often manic creativity.

Claire sadly died in April 2017 of pulmonary fibrosis. She was described by those who knew her as having "a brilliant mind, a dazzling spirit and a wonderful heart". 


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