Richard Tankard Sears

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5462
  1. Paul Edington

After house jobs, Richard (“ Dick”) Tankard Sears spent two years in the Royal Air Force Medical Services before undertaking postgraduate training in Sheffield and Nottingham. He was an excellent clinician, fine surgeon, and tireless worker. He was president of both the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society and the North of England Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society, and vice president of the Birmingham and Midland Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society. A quiet, unassuming man, he was always modest about his various achievements.

He had a deep faith and was devout in his service to his church and the local communities and charities. Until recently, he could be seen wheeling patients from the wards to the chapel for the Sunday morning service at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre.

Retirement allowed him more time to tend his garden and to travel, often in a camper van. He joined and actively promoted historical and naturalist societies.

He leaves a wife, Joan; three children; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5462


  • Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Nottingham and Mansfield hospitals (b 1924; q Cambridge/Middlesex Hospital 1948; MA, FRCS, FRCOG), died from septicaemia on 15 June 2013.

View Abstract