I met Judith several times in 1976, and i think 1977. She was living in Forest Row, Sussex, and involved with the Anthroposophical movement (Rudolf Steiner) that has a college there, and several schools and lots of other quite strange organisations. I was a volunteer in one of the schools. I remember her very clearly, as if it were yesterday. She was trying to make a living by doing various jobs in the schools, including piano accompaniment for Eurythmy classes. I had a very strong feeling that she was very dissatisfied with her life. She was quite spiky and quick to get annoyed with herself. Her brother, Julian, was working in the college,and I think was a bit of a leading light in the movement, whereas Judith was not. She mentioned that she had some experience of nursing. She seemed very unsettled.
I remember very clearly saying to her, 'Did you go to a Steiner School' and she replied, 'Alas, no.'
I was at Rudolf Steiner House in Baker Street in 1978, at a Christmas event, and I asked about Judith. I was totally shocked when I was told that she threw herself under a train at Kings Cross.
That sense of shock has never left me, really, and i wish i had known her a bit more.
I wonder now if people would have described her as having Bipolar Disorder, because there was something very unpredictable about her, and I had the feeling that she felt as if she was not fully in control of her moods.
I'm very glad to read here that she had good friends at school, because when I met her, I think she was not someone with friends.
Her brother, Julian Pook, lives and works in New Zealand. (You can Google him). Is Jocelyn Pook her younger sister?
She mentions her mother being a single parent with three children, and though they weren't well off, their mother always found money for her children to have piano lessons.
I would love to know more about Judith, and particularly if anyone knows what happened to her prior to her death. Even though I only knew her briefly, her death has haunted me....