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Mary Ducrow

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 23 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2053
  1. Mary Ducrow

Those who knew me well, knew that I was cussedly independent, so it will be no surprise to you that I decided to write my own piece to be read at my funeral, rather than give someone else the job of finding something to say.

I was born on 31st August 1930 in Birmingham, the first child of Stanley, a master silversmith who worked for the family firm of T Ducrow & Sons, and his wife Dorothy. I was educated at a King Edward 6th Grammar School in Birmingham, leaving with an unremarkable …

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