Anne Louis Margaret Graham

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 08 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i732
  1. Joan Carmichael, Oona Scott

Eldest daughter of Professor and Mrs R J D Graham, Anne Louis Margaret Graham graduated in 1950. Her first appointment was as house surgeon in obstetrics and gynaecology to Professor Margaret Fairlie at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Dundee. Medical and surgical house jobs followed before she became registrar at the Princess Mary Maternity Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1955 she was appointed senior registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at Dryburn Hospital, Durham.

In 1960, she moved into general practice in Newcastle upon Tyne. The practice was a teaching practice associated with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Anne’s position involved teaching 4th year medical students in surgeries and on visits. She also took part in research projects over the years. She was highly regarded by her professional colleagues and on several occasions presented papers at postgraduate lectures.

She was elected president of the Newcastle Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society in 1977 and of the Newcastle Midwives Association soon after this, and she was an active contributor to these professional bodies—she organised and chaired a very successful symposium on oral contraception, for example.

She was a member of the maternity liaison committee of the Newcastle District Health Authority from its inception. After retiring from general practice in 1987-88 she worked for 10 years with the family planning service.

As medical officer for a community home for many years she looked after unmarried mothers. Some time later, her patients remembered her great kindness and willingness to listen as they struggled to cope with the anticipated adoption of their unborn babies.

Anne had a steadfast Christian faith and was a senior elder in the United Reformed Church, Gosforth (now Trinity), being actively involved in many ways. She was also a valued supporter and chairperson on committees for Macmillan Nurses and the West End Refugee Service.

She travelled widely—to China, Africa, New Zealand, and many times to be with her family in Australia, where her love of wildlife and wildflowers was a great source of enjoyment. In the words of someone who knew her well: Anne achieved so much and touched so many years over the years.


Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i732


  • Former general practitioner (b 1927; q St Andrews 1950; MRCOG, FRCGP), died from a pulmonary embolism on 14 February 2015.

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