Pamela Mary Fox-RussellBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1962 (Published 13 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1962
- Joan Robinson
While a medical student at Trinity College Dublin, Pamela Mary Fox-Russell had an osteosarcoma of the frontal bone removed, followed by a course of radiotherapy. Her prognosis was uncertain, but, having qualified, she did her junior hospital posts in Bangor, Liverpool, and Chester.
She was appointed assistant medical officer of health in Ashford and Staines in 1958. In 1965 she became deputy medical officer of health to the district councils of Guildford, Farnham, Haslemere, and Hambledon, and assistant medical officer of health to Surrey County Council.
She served as vice president of AIMS for several years, and she sat on the committee of the charity Help the Aged.
In retirement Pamela joined the University of the Third Age (U3A) and developed her skills in pottery, painting on porcelain, and calligraphy. She also learnt to fly gliders.
In 1995 Pamela returned to the family home on Anglesey to care for her elderly mother. While there she founded the Anglesey branch of U3A and then others across north Wales, starting with Bangor, Flintshire, and Porthmadog.
She returned to her home near Farnham after her mother died but never fully recovered from the shock of her only brother’s unexpected death two years before.
She leaves many friends, who will miss her generous personality and sense of fun.
Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1962
Former assistant and deputy medical officer of health (b 1926; q Dublin 1955; DPH, MFCM), d 25 February 2015.
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