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Theodore Stafford Maw

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 28 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4067
  1. H M Lyle

Theodore Stafford Maw (“Stafford”) was born in Birmingham and spent his infancy in India before returning to England. He studied medicine at St Andrews University, where he excelled at both hockey and cricket, gaining his Blues.

He was involved in the Normandy landings, was wounded, was mentioned in dispatches, and worked in hospitals in Belgium and in Germany before demobilisation in 1947. Stafford then decided to specialise in ophthalmology and continued his studies at hospitals in Dundee and Newcastle before gaining his fellowship. In 1952 he came as senior consultant ophthalmic surgeon to Rotherham and Bassetlaw Hospitals, where he spent his working life. Here he served as chairman to the local division of the BMA and was elected president of the North of England Ophthalmic Society.

A man of many academic and athletic achievements, he had the bearing and deportment of a distinguished doctor yet he was a modest and approachable man always ready to listen and to help. He was held in the highest regard by his peers for his wise counsel and comradeship and by his patients for his expertise as a surgeon.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila, of 68 years.


Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4067


  • Former senior consultant ophthalmic surgeon Rotherham and Bassetlaw Hospitals (b 6 July 1917; q St Andrews 1942; FRCOphth), died from lung cancer at the age of 93 on 4 December 2010.

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