Andrzej Maciejewski

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 12 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4396
  1. Ela Bryniarska

The second world war interrupted Andrzej Maciejewski’s medical studies in Poznan (Polen) in 1939. He survived the 1944 Warsaw uprising by escaping through the sewers and completed his medical degree in Italian in Bologna. He married his Polish wife, Wanda, in the Vatican, and the couple were resettled in Britain. He decided on anaesthetics as a career, learning English at the same time. After achieving his fellowship of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons, he was appointed as a consultant at Coventry hospitals. His nickname was Matches, and he had a store of jokes that amused his colleagues during operations. He retired from the Walsgrave Hospital in 1988 at the age of 70.

An accomplished pianist, he loved playing the music of Chopin and Schubert. He was also a keen gardener and grew a large variety of vegetables and preserved his fruit. He travelled with his family to Italy, France, and Spain every summer.

He leaves a daughter, three grandchildren, and a great grandson, and extended family in Poland.

Retired consultant anaesthetist Walsgrave Hospital Coventry (b 1918 Poland; q Medical School Bologna 1947; DA, FFARCS), d 31 January 2015.

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