Lives of the fellows

Margaret Elizabeth Riley Stoneman

b.8 April 1923 d.February 2006
MB ChB Manch(1947) DCH(1950) MD(1959) MRCP(1963) FRCP(1977)

Margaret Elizabeth Riley Stoneman was a consultant paediatrician in the Maidstone and Medway area. Born in Montreal, Canada, she was the daughter of Edwin Curtis Robinson Stoneman, an electrical engineer. Initially educated at Deer Park School in Toronto, she finished her education at Arnold High School for Girls in Blackpool, when her family moved to the UK.

She studied medicine at Manchester University and the Manchester Royal Infirmary, qualifying in 1947. After house jobs with the Manchester group of hospitals, she moved to the West Country and began to specialise in paediatrics as a senior house officer at the Exeter City Hospital in 1955. Two years later she was appointed paediatric registrar to the Exeter clinical area.

In 1959 she moved to the Southampton Children's Hospital for a year, followed by time in London from 1960 to 1961 as paediatric registrar to St George's and the Victoria Hospital for Children. After a locum post in Oxford, she returned to Exeter as senior registrar (paediatric research) and stayed there for four years. In September 1969, she was appointed consultant paediatrician to the Maidstone and Medway health district.

A member of the British Medical Association and the Medical Womens’ Federation, she published several papers on childhood disorders such as croup, phenolketonuria and respiratory distress syndrome.

She was an active member of her local Methodist Church and enjoyed country pursuits such as gardening, walking and the study of natural history. Swimming and listening to music were also favourite pastimes.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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