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By prospect   February 2005

Goodbye Gay Firth Gay Firth, who died on 9th January – her 68th birthday – was one of the Prospect pioneers. The Ulster-born ex-Financial Times journalist cheerily offered her services as über-proofreader in the early chaotic days when we often worked through the night to meet deadlines. Gay was just what we needed: someone more experienced and literate than the rest of us, who in a kindly but firm way set rigorous editorial standards and a proper house style. She was a warrior for the magazine – full of modest wisdom, drawing on a wide circle of friends and a…

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