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Biographical entry Moore, Robert Foster (1878 - 1963)

OBE 1919; MRCS 12 May 1904; FRCS 13 December 1906; LRCP 1904; BA Cambridge 1900; MB BCh 1905; JP Co Wilts 1943.

25 October 1878
1 March 1963
Ophthalmic surgeon


Born on 25 October 1878 at Cambridge son of Edward Moore he matriculated in 1897 as a non-collegiate student, entered Christ's College in 1898 where he was elected a scholar on winning first-class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos part I, 1900, and won a scholarship to St Bartholomew's Hospital. While an undergraduate he rescued two ladies from drowning in the frozen Cam and was awarded the Royal Humane Society's medal.

At Bart's he was house surgeon to D'Arcy Power, ophthalmic house surgeon, demonstrator of anatomy, and chief assistant in the eye department. He won the Middlemore prize in 1914, was elected assistant eye surgeon in 1915, and surgeon to Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1917. During the war he served as a Captain RAMC in charge of the eye centre at √Čtaples in France 1916-18, was mentioned in dispatches, and was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1919. He was appointed surgeon in charge of the eye department at Bart's in 1924 and consulting surgeon on retirement in 1937.

Moore examined for the University of London, and was President of the Ophthalmological Society in 1934. He was Montgomery lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin in 1927 and Middlemore lecturer in 1949; he was an Officer of the Order of St John. He practised at 53 Harley Street and retired to The Red House, Lower Bemerton, Salisbury, where he was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Wiltshire in 1943.

Foster Moore was beloved by his colleagues and former pupils, who founded the Foster Moore Club and entertained him to dinner each year after his retirement. He was ambidextrous and an exquisite craftsman both as surgeon and as a water-colourist. He was a man of absolute integrity, imperturbable and resourceful, with a whimsical humour. He died at Bemerton on 1 March 1963 aged 85 survived by his son. At the memorial service in St Bartholomew-the-less on 4 April the funeral oration was delivered by H B Stallard, who also contributed eulogies to The Times, The Lancet and the British medical Journal.

Medical Ophthalmology London, Churchill 1922, 2nd edition 1925.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 4 March 1963 p 15 a, and 7 March p 14 e by H B Stallard; Brit med J 1963, 1, 754 and Lancet p 563, each with portrait and eulogy; Venn Alumni Cantabrigienses, part 2, 4, 457].

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