Matthew McLearieBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7448.1138-d (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1138
Matthew McLearieFormer consultant orthopaedic surgeon Leicester Royal Infirmary, and Leicester General and Loughborough General hospitals (b Cowdenbeath 1914; q Glasgow 1938; FRFPS Glas 1944, FRCS Ed 1946, FRCS Glas 1962), d 1 March 2004.
After qualification Matt considered a career in general surgery but he changed his mind after a prestigious surgeon offered him a post at £1 per week.
There followed a short spell of general practice in Bow, London, and as house surgeon in Southend.
Matt then entered the services as medical officer attached to the Royal Engineers. He saw service in France. He and his driver were refused entry to Dunkirk and were advised to continue on to St Nazaire. He arrived there just too late to board a ship. As he watched the vessel sail away it was destroyed, with heavy loss of life, by German bombers.
In 1942 he was diagnosed as having diabetes and he was therefore invalided out of the army.
In 1943 Matt arrived in Leicester and there in 1946 he met his future wife, Ricky, an orthopaedic trained nurse. He soon developed an interest in orthopaedic surgery, being appointed consultant in 1948.
Matt was always known to his patients, his nursing staff, and his medical colleagues as someone who would never decline extra work, even in his busiest clinics.
A devoted family man and a congenial host, Matt had a quiet and unassuming manner.
Matt had numerous outside interests. In his garden his tomatoes were legendary. He loved animals and birds. He enjoyed golf, chess, woodwork, and sailing. He was an active steward with the Masons.
Matt was the orthopaedic surgeon to Leicester City Football Club from 1946 to 1980, and the same for many years to the Leicester Tigers and the Leicestershire Cricket Club.(He was, however, committed to the NHS and never favoured any private or medico-legal work.)
Despite his severe diabetes, and particularly with the devoted care from his wife, Ricky, he lived to his 90th year without any serious diabetic complications.
He leaves his wife, Ricky, and their two children, Lyn and Graeme. [Roeland Raymakers]
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