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Biographical entry Spencer, Pamela Mary (1926 - 2010)

MRCS 1950; FRCS 1957; MB BS London 1950; DObst 1952; MRCOG 1960; FRCOG 1973.

London, UK
30 May 2010
Obstetric and gynaecological surgeon


Pamela Mary Spencer née Bacon was a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Whittington Hospital, London. She was born in London, in Dulwich, the daughter of Leonard Guy Bacon, a civil servant who had served as a bomber pilot in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, and Edith Mary née Naylor, a former secretary. Pamela was educated at Croydon High School, where she played tennis and hockey for the school and was head girl. She went on to University College, London, where she captained the university tennis team and qualified in 1950.

She was a house surgeon to the obstetric unit at UCH, a house physician at Edgware General and a house surgeon at the Central Middlesex hospitals. After casualty officer and orthopaedic house jobs at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, she returned to UCH as a lecturer to the obstetric unit, where she was later first assistant (senior lecturer). She was attached as a clinical assistant to St Peter's Hospital for Stone from 1958 to 1960.

She was appointed as a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist to the Italian Hospital in London in 1960, to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in 1961, and to the Whittington Hospital in 1964.

Among her many interests were skiing, travel and golf. In 1960 she married Alfred George Spencer, consultant physician to St Bartholomew's Hospital and reader in medicine at London University. Their son Charles became a consultant physician in cardiology in Stafford. She died on 30 May 2010.

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