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After qualification, George Crosthwaite Mathers did national service with the Royal Navy in Malta. After a house job in Carlisle Infirmary, he worked in Stroud and Gloucester Royal Infirmary's ear, nose, and throat department, continuing for many years as an associate specialist. He entered general practice in 1952 and was the first police surgeon in Gloucester. This led to his interest in drug abuse and rehabilitation. He was an early pioneer and a part-time government adviser and visited Canada. George retired from the NHS in 1976 at the age of 50 because of ill health, but he retained his police commitments and some private practice. At this time his wife was of inestimable support. He retired fully in 1994.
George's interests included fly fishing (salmon and trout), gardening, antiques, and farming. The old farmhouse home had land, and he and his wife kept pigs, sheep, cattle, and dogs. He loved sport, especially rugby, and was a passionate supporter of Gloucester Rugby Team. He was blessed with a wry sense of humour, and an irreverant attitude towards officialdom. He joined Rotary, later Probus, especially supporting charitable events. He leaves a wife, Diana; three children; and nine grandchildren.
Former general practitioner and police surgeon Gloucester (b 19 February 1926; q University College Hospital, London, 1947; DObstRCOG, AFOM), d 16 June 2007.