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BMJ. 2007 September 1; 335(7617): 455.
PMCID: PMC1962849

Maurice (“Monty”) Murray

Monty always wanted to be a doctor and achieved this despite the duties and responsibilities of being eldest brother to five younger brothers. During the second world war he served in Burma in the Royal Army Medical Corps surviving not only action in the jungle but also amoebic dysentery.

After the war he settled in Greenford and started as a general practitioner and was involved with the introduction of the NHS. He had a holistic approach to medicine and was acknowledged as a very caring and kind doctor and an excellent diagnostician, and he was cherished by his patients. He was in general practice for over 40 years, and it was the first practice in the area to introduce an appointment system. He was an approved mental health doctor for over 30 years, and assistant physician at the Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Central Middlesex Hospital for 20 years. He was still advising the BMA into his 90s.

He was supportive of many charities and a freemason for 60 years, holding high office in a number of masonic lodges. He was a founder member of Greenford Federation Synagogue and extremely proud of his religious heritage. He was a prominent member of the West London Medico-Chirurgical Society.

He was a founder member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and a justice of the peace. He was a liveryman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, a freeman of the City of London, and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Hunterian Society.

Losing his wife was a devastating blow, but thanks to his close companion Joan, his latter years were enjoyable and fulfilling. Even in his 90s he was coping with email and the internet, although the numerous remote controls for the television and DVD player sometimes proved too much for him!

Predeceased by his wife, Dora, in 1996, he leaves three children, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and his caring companion and great friend, Joan Ansell.


Former general practitioner Greenford, West London (b 1913; q Middlesex Hospital 1938; FRCGP, DipVen), d 27 June 2007.

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