Lives of the fellows

Sheila Mary Newstead

b.23 July 1916 d.31 December 1997
MB BS Lond(1940) MRCS LRCP(1940) MRCP(1943) FRCPath(1971) FRCP(1973)

Sheila Mary Newstead was a consultant pathologist at the Bromley group of hospitals. She was born in Chislehurst, Kent, the daughter of George Henry Newstead, a tailor, and Edith Annie née Walker. She was educated at Stratford House School in Bickley, Kent, and then went on to King's College Hospital to study medicine, qualifying in 1940.

During the second world war she worked in the emergency medical service, as a house officer and then a trainee pathologist. From 1943 to 1945 she was an assistant pathologist at Royal Hospital, Richmond, Surrey. She then held similar appointments at Worcester Royal Infirmary and King's College Hospital. From 1949 to 1950 she worked as a pathologist at the Yellow Fever Research Institute, Lagos, Nigeria. She then took a four year career break "for family reasons". In 1954 she returned to medicine, as a pathologist at the Bromley group of hospitals. In 1959 she was appointed as a consultant there. Her main clinical interest was clinical haematology.

She married Thomas Charles Maxwell Wigg in 1946 and they had two sons and a daughter. At the time of her election to the Fellowship of the College in 1973 she listed her main interest as "running a home" and gardening as her hobby.

RCP editor

(Volume XI, page 420)

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