Margaret West

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 02 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6001
  1. Rosemary Ellerby

Educated at Hulme Grammar School in Oldham, Margaret Wood went up to medical school in 1954, one of the youngest in her year. A keen sportswoman, Margaret was honorary assistant treasurer and then honorary secretary of the Women’s Athletic Union and student representative on the Women’s Inter-Varsity Athletic Board—early indications of her leadership qualities.

After research into diabetes at Salford and paediatric posts at Salford Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in Pendlebury, and Stoke-on-Trent, she trained in public health at Oldham.

In 1968 she married Michael West, had two sons, and was appointed community paediatrician with a special interest in child development at Macclesfield in1974, a post she held until 1995.

Margaret became an expert flower arranger. She gained the City and Guilds creative studies qualification, parts 1 and 2, in 1980 and 1982 and belonged to several flower clubs until she died.

In 1998 Margaret and Michael retired to Ashbocking, Suffolk, to be near their sons and growing families. There she joined the Women’s Institute and for several years was on the Board of Trustees of the Suffolk East Federation of Women’s Institutes and became “an active and enthusiastic president of her local WI.”

Margaret was also a keen supporter of the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Conservative Association was one-time Suffolk chair of the East Anglian Conservative Women’s Organisation and represented the local women’s group on the organisation’s regional committee.

She was a superb cook, and she and Michael hosted many warm and convivial gatherings that were enjoyed by their friends. Margaret died shortly after returning from a flower festival in Dublin, and the 100 or so people representing all her activities at her funeral on 1 August showed the great affection and respect in which she was held.

She leaves Michael, her husband of 46 years; her two sons Richard, a GP, and John, an accountant; and seven grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6001


  • Consultant community paediatrician Macclesfield (b 1937; q Victoria University of Manchester 1960; DCH, DPH), d 14 July 2014

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