Nottingham Hospitals Archives 2011
NOTTINGHAM’S EMINENT SURGEONS AND PHYSICIANS
Maurice John Everton
President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society
1986 - 1987
During the 1980’s the role of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society evolved from a Society primarily concerned with postgraduate education to a professional forum for medical life with in Nottingham. Coming to the Presidency of the Society after many years as a general practitioner in Nottingham Maurice Everton was well placed to cement bonds between the established family doctors. This he did with considerable aplomb, introducing speakers and activities of interest to all branches of the profession and fostering good will amongst all members.
Maurice Everton, a Midlander, by birth and education, went to Kings Norton Grammar School, Birmingham and then moved on to Birmingham University where he qualified M.B. ChB in 1950. After working as a pre-registration House Officer at Walsall Manor Hospital he was conscripted into The Royal Army Medical Corps for his National Service, working as an Embarkation Medical Officer in Southampton dealing with all aspects of medicine with regards to troopships.
His wife, Jean, had worked as a Physiotherapist at the Nottingham General Hospital where she persuaded him to move to Nottingham where he entered practice on the Woodborough Road. His routine work expanded to take in sessions as a clinical assistant at Mapperley Psychiatric Hospital, where with Dr. J. Nelson, another President of the Society they became two of the earliest GP’s to contribute to the work of a Psychiatric Hospital in Nottingham.
The respect with which his colleagues held Maurice Everton led to his being Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Local Medical Committee, a position he held for five years.
He became a member of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society shortly after arriving in Nottingham and before long was inveigled into becoming the Social Secretary by the irascible, charismatic but persuasive gynaecologist Mr. John Barr Cochrane who was then President of the Society. A request from “J.B.” could not be refused! After five years as Social Secretary he moved into the Society’s Council at a time of important change when the Society was selling its previous home on 64, St. James Street in Nottingham prior to its move to the Postgraduate Medical Education Centre at the City Hospital. He was elected President of the Society in 1987.
An affable and popular man Maurice Everton enjoyed a full and active social life within Nottingham being both a member and President of the Nottingham Round Table Society, the Nottingham “41” club and the Queen Anne’s Bowling Green.