Chil­dren at cen­tre of doc­tor’s ca­reer

Surrey Herald/News - - COMMUNITY -

A DOC­TOR who spent most of her pro­fes­sional life run­ning mother and baby clin­ics in the area has died, aged 98. Ruth Mar­garet Stubbs was born in Chengdu, the cap­i­tal of Sichuan prov­ince in China, on July 1 1916. She was the el­dest of three chil­dren of Quaker mis­sion­ary par­ents. Her fa­ther was the first pro­fes­sor of chem­istry at what is to­day the prin­ci­pal univer­sity of Sichuan. Her son, Roger West, said: “She spent her teenage years at the Quaker board­ing school in Saf­fron Walden, Es­sex. “She grad­u­ated in medicine at Birm­ing­ham Univer­sity, where she met her hus­band, Leslie West. After the war, they lived first at West Byfleet and then at Wood­ham to be near Leslie’s work – he was fi­nance of­fi­cer at the for­mer Row­ley Bris­tow Hos­pi­tal.” In those days, the NHS was or­gan­ised dif­fer­ently and Ruth spent most of her pro­fes­sional life run­ning mother-and-baby clin­ics for Sur­rey County Coun­cil in Ad­dle­stone, Chert­sey, New Haw, Ot­ter­shaw and nearby ar­eas, dis­pens­ing re­as­sur­ance and treat­ing mi­nor ail­ments. She also car­ried out med­i­cal in­spec­tions at lo­cal schools. “Any reader who was born in that area and is now in their mid 30s to late 60s was very prob­a­bly seen by her when they were a baby,” Roger added.

After their re­tire­ment, the cou­ple moved first to Wok­ing­ham and then to Chel­tenham to be near their daugh­ter, Lynn. Ruth and Leslie were both ac­tive mem­bers of the So­ci­ety of Friends (Quak­ers). Ruth died on Novem­ber 19. She was pre­de­ceased by hus­band Leslie, brother John and sis­ter Jean. She is sur­vived by three chil­dren, three grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren.

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