Lives of the fellows

Maurice Joseph Livera

b.19 February 1923 d.16 April 2011
MB BS Ceylon(1946) MB BS Lond(1948) MD(1951) MRCP(1954) FRCP(1976) JP

Maurice Joseph Livera was a consultant chest physician in Huddersfield. Born in Kandy, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), he was the son of Emil John Livera, who was an agriculturist. Educated at St Joseph’s College in Colombo, he studied medicine at the University of Ceylon and the Colombo General Hospital. After qualifying he travelled to the UK and undertook more training in London. Passing his MD in 1951, he did house jobs at St James’ Hospital Leeds, before returning to Ceylon in 1954.

After working as a physician with the department of health in Colombo for seven years, he moved to western Nigeria as a specialist physician, and stayed there from 1961 to 1965. He returned to the UK In 1966 and was appointed a consultant chest physician to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where he remained until his retirement.

Outside medicine, he was interested in gardening, conservation, D I Y and the welfare of the disabled. He was a devout Catholic who supported many charitable causes. A long serving magistrate – he joined the bench in 1973 – he was also a prison visitor.

In 1954 he married Marilyn (‘Lyn’) née Loft whose father, Benjamin Loft, was a clerical worker. They had a son, Stephen, and two daughters, Nicola and Cynara. For some years before he died he suffered from poor mobility due to a stroke and diabetic neuropathy, but continued with his church and community activities. Lucid to the end, he discussed the pros and cons of his treatment with the team caring for him in his last illness. He was survived by Lyn, their children and grandchildren, Elaine, Frances, Sam and Ellie.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2011 343 4575; Huddersfield Examiner - both accessed 2 September 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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