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Biographical entry Macky, James Fraser Warwick (1920 - 2010)

OBE; FRCS 1947; MB BS Melbourne 1943; MS 1947; FRACS 1950.

8 December 1920
New Zealand
9 February 2010


Warwick Macky was the leading urologist in New Zealand for more than half a century, and a man of outstanding presence and charm. He was born on 8 December 1920 into a successful family of importers. His father, Frank Macky, who qualified in 1914, was senior surgeon of the Auckland Hospital from 1926, and battled to establish a separate urological unit, introducing the Harris prostatectomy. Warwick was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and followed his father to Ormond College, University of Melbourne, where he graduated in 1943 with the Ryan prize in surgery.

After junior posts, Warwick joined the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps in 1945. After the war, he carried out postgraduate work in Melbourne, passed his MS in 1947 and won the Gordon Craig scholarship, which took him to the Westminster Hospital. There he specialised in urology under Robert Cox and passed the FRCS.

In 1950, he returned to Auckland as a tutor specialist in surgery at Greenlane Hospital. He was appointed as a visiting urologist at Auckland Hospital the following year, remaining there as a senior urologist and head of department until he retired in 1985. During this period he made his department into a first-class modern unit, to which end he travelled extensively and invited many celebrated urologists to visit New Zealand. He also set up the Ormond clinic for private urology, which had day care facilities and became a mecca for visiting urologists for the next 30 years.

He was very active in national and international urology. In 1974, he was elected as an international member of the exclusive American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. At the Royal Australasian College, he served on the New Zealand committee from 1955 to 1963, on the council from 1965 to 1977 and was vice president from 1975 to 1977. He was an examiner in urology from 1966 to 1975, New Zealand censor from 1975 to 1977 and was a member of the Court of Honour from 1981 to 2010. He was president of the Australasian Urological Society from 1965 to 1966, when he hosted the annual conference in Auckland.

Warwick was a tall, handsome man with an impish sense of humour and, together with his wife Elizabeth, was popular wherever he went. He was a keen sailor, skippering his 40 foot yacht Ilex as far as Sydney. Three of his children became world champion yachtsmen. His other great interest was St Kentigern’s school in Auckland, of which he was chairman for 37 years. He planted many London plane trees at the school and his funeral was held there. He died on 9 February 2010 at the age of 89, in the presence of Elizabeth, his son Peter, and his daughters Rebecca and Josephine, a week after sustaining a fracture of the hip.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The New Zealand Medical Journal 19 March 2010, Vol. 123, No.1311; The Cutting Edge (newsletter of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, New Zealand National Board), Issue No.35, June 2010, p.9; information from Donald Urquhart-Hay; Tony Costello].

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