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Biographical entry Maslen-Jones, Samuel Walter (1891 - 1967)

MRCS 1914; FRCS 1920; MS 1920; MB BS 1919; FRCOG 1931.

5 September 1891
Simla, India
17 July 1967
Obstetrician and gynaecologist


Walter Maslen-Jones was born in Simla on 5 September 1891. His father was a Baptist Missionary and on his return to England his son was educated at Eltham College and then at the Middlesex Hospital. He qualified with the Conjoint Diploma in 1914, and soon afterwards joined the RAMC and for four years he served in Egypt where he met his wife, Sister Kate Wilde QAIMNS. As soon as he was demobilized he graduated MB BS in 1919 and proceeded to MS and FRCS a year later.

He went to Wolverhampton in 1921 to work with Dr Frederick Edge and was appointed to the Women's Hospital where he soon built up a reputation as an obstetrician and gynaecologist. He was a foundation member of the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and was elected to the Fellowship of that College in 1931. He was a past-president and honorary Fellow of the Birmingham and Midland Obstetric and Gynaecological Society. He was chairman of the building committee responsible for the construction of the new college in Regent's Park, and he was a Vice-President of the College from 1958 to 1961.

Maslen-Jones had many interests outside medicine. He was a keen Mason and was on the governing council of the Royal Masonic Boys' School, and for the year 1966-1967 was president of the Old Boys' Association of Eltham College.

He was an excellent after dinner speaker and was in great demand. He was a fine practical surgeon with a warm and friendly character.

He died after a short illness on 17 July 1967, and was survived by his wife and three sons.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 19 July 1967; Brit med J 1967, 2, 375 with portrait; Lancet 1967, 2, 315 with a different portrait].

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