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Biographical entry Wostenholm, Maurice Humphrey (1915 - 1952)

MRCS 8 May 1941; FRCS 11 December 1947; LRCP 1941; BA Cambridge 1937; MA 1942.

31 May 1915
South Africa
12 December 1952
ENT surgeon


Born in South Africa on 31 May 1915 the son of Harold Wilson Wostenholm, a financier, he was educated at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he took third-class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos part I in 1937. He took his medical training at the London Hospital, qualified in 1941, and after holding the usual house appointment at the Hospital served in the RAMC till the end of the war in 1945, as a graded surgeon with the rank of Captain.

He was first assistant in the ear department at the London Hospital in 1946, and took the Fellowship in 1947. He then settled in practice at 23 Dalkeith Road, Harpenden, Herts, and was appointed in 1951 ear nose and throat surgeon at Bedford General Hospital and was also attached to the St Albans City Hospital. He was a brilliant operator, of sound judgment. His enthusiasm, energy, and tireless attention to detail were combined with an amiable and helpful nature. He had proved himself supremely self-disciplined through difficulties and frustrations.

Wostenholm married in 1940 Marigold Jessie de Mancha. He and his wife were killed in a car accident on 12 December 1952, aged 37 and 38. One son had died in childhood, and they were survived by three sons. They were buried at Westfield Cemetery, Harpenden.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet 1952, 2, 1276; Brit med J 1953, 1, 165 with portrait and appreciations by D Lewes, K B Bellwood, and M D C Hosford; information from Tuckey and Shadbolt, solicitors, Harpenden].

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