Lives of the fellows

Muriel Josephine Louise Frazer

b.1911 d.27 October 2011
MBE BA Belfast MB BCh BAO(1936) MD(1938) MRCP(1938) FRCSI(1939) FRCP(1953)

Muriel Josephine Louise Frazer was a consultant paediatrician in Northern Ireland. Educated at Victoria College, Belfast, she studied medicine at Queen’s University, qualifying in 1936. Three years later she passed the fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland but, since surgery was a predominantly male profession in those days, she found it hard to get an appointment as a surgeon. Instead she turned to the newly emerging specialty of paediatrics and practiced as a consultant for many years at the City and Royal Victoria hospitals in Belfast.

From 1942 to 1955, she worked as a surgeon with the St John’s Ambulance Brigade and was responsible for instigating the practice of mouth to mouth resuscitation in the emergency services. A member of the British Paediatric Association and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, she contributed numerous scientific papers on various aspects of medicine and lectured on child welfare.

In her middle years she converted to the Roman Catholic faith and eventually became the representative of the Catholic Church at the annual Synod of the church of Ireland. She was also involved in the peace movement. Awarded the MBE for her services to medicine and St John’s Ambulance, she died at the age of 100, having spent her last years in a home in Belfast.

RCP editor

[Celebrating Belfast Women]

(Volume XII, page web)

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