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BMJ. 2007 July 14; 335(7610): 103.
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Arthur Thomas Marshall and Mary Louise Marshall (née Neville)

Educated in Wolverhampton, Arthur Marshall narrowly avoided joining the Kenyan police force by winning the Frank Fletcher scholarship to Birmingham Medical School, worth £100 a year for five years. After completing house jobs he volunteered for the Royal Navy in 1939 and was working in obstetrics in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, when he was called up in 1940. He served on destroyers in Portsmouth and Scapa Flow before spending time in north Africa, Burma, and India. He was demobbed in 1945 as surgeon lieutenant-commander.

After the war he specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology and was appointed consultant in 1955.

Arthur was an enthusiastic golfer and trout fisherman. He was a member of the Freemasons' for 50 years.

He was happily married for 57 years to Mary, who was brought up in County Cork and was an excellent horsewoman. After qualifying she moved to England and completed her training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Selly Oak Hospital. She was appointed consultant in 1949—one of only two female consultants in the specialty at the time. She met Arthur when he returned to Selly Oak Hospital after the war, and they were married in 1950.

After her retirement in 1980 Mary joined the staff of St Mary's Hospice, Birmingham, and also volunteered for duties and later became chairman of the women's refuge in Droitwich, thus ensuring a further 10 years of on call duties.

She undertook a bereavement counselling course aged 78, became chairman of Worcestershire Cruse, and continued to work and offer support around Worcestershire until well into her 80s.

Mary died of pneumonia three days after the death of Arthur, whom she had cared for determinedly over his last years.

Mary and Arthur are survived by three children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson.


Arthur Thomas Marshall, consultant obstetrician Worcester 1955-78 (b 1913; q Birmingham 1938; FRCSEd 1955, FRCOG 1964), d 8 May 2007 aged 93.

Mary Louise Marshall (née Neville), consultant obstetrician Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, 1949-80 (b 1916; q Cork 1940; FRCOG 1969), d 11 May 2007 aged 90.

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