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IN tribute to Lilian Dinah Johnson (VR, June 13, 2015, vol 176, p 630), Sarah Dance writes: Lilian Dinah Johnson (née France) was born in Birmingham on September 27, 1931. Her father's career as an engineer meant a peripatetic early life involving moves to Leeds, then Woolwich Arsenal during the war, before settling in Liverpool. Always surrounded by animals, with a grandfather who ran a carriage business in Southport using hackneys and a mother who had dogs, Dinah was apparently named after a horse. Her characteristic determination was called upon when she decided to enter the new veterinary course at Bristol university. It wasn't considered suitable for a girl of her background to study sciences but that wasn't going to stop her and, after attending evening classes, she gained the necessary qualifications. It was there, in the second year, she met her future husband, Roger.
They graduated in 1954 then married 1957, and Roger's first job as a vet was in Castle Cary, Somerset, where their daughter Charlotte was born. When Roger was offered a position in a practice that later became …