BR 10:03, Jun 1994
Pamela Vermes, Poet and Scholar
It is difficult to speak of Geza Vermes without also speaking of his wife Pam. Pamela Vermes died on June 10, 1993, at the age of 74.
Pam was the granddaughter of Sidney Dark, long-time editor of the British newspaper Church Times and author of numerous books with titles like If Christ Came to London (1943), The Folly of Anti-Semitism (1939) and Archbishop Davidson and the English Church (1929). Pam inherited his literary skills. In addition to being Gezas literary collaborator (she was the literary editor of Schurer3d), Pam was a Buber scholar and a poet.
As her own death approached, Pam expressed herself especially movingly about the end of life. At her funeral, the following poem was read, one of her last: