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Biographical entry Maguire, Charles James Frederick (1931 - 2009)

MRCS and FRCS 1966; MB BChir Belfast 1954; DO 1962.

10 May 1931
County Wicklow, Ireland
7 July 2009
Ophthalmic surgeon


Charles James Frederick Maguire was a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. He was born in County Wicklow, Ireland, on 10 May 1931 to Charles Maguire, a nonconformist minister, and Gertrude née Armitage. He was at school in Belfast, attending the Methodist College, and continued in Belfast for his medical training at Queen’s University Medical School.

After qualifying in 1954, he held house jobs at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, before beginning his ophthalmic training in London, initially at University College Hospital and then at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

He was appointed as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon to Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, in 1967, and was subsequently appointed as a senior lecturer at Queen’s University Medical School. At Belfast he developed the subspecialty of vitreoretinal surgery and launched diabetic and neuro-ophthalmic eye clinics. He was recognised as an expert, innovative and meticulous surgeon by his colleagues and introduced new techniques in vitreoretinal surgery and laser photocoagulation.

During his working life he helped develop ophthalmic services in India and Libya, and after his retirement from the NHS in 1994 he practised ophthalmology in Bermuda.

He married twice. He married Ann in 1962 and they had one son and two daughters. He died on 7 July 2009 and leaves his second wife, Barbara, his three children and a grandson.

Enid Taylor

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2010 340 158].

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