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Moya Cole (born 31 August 1918; died 16 May 2004)

(Obituary by Miss Ethel Gray)

19 September 2005

Mary Patricia (Moya)Cole was educated at Carrickfergus and Portrush Primary Schools, Coleraine High School and Methodist College, Belfast.

She graduated with a BSc in Physics from Queen’s in 1939 and gained an MSc a year later.  She was on the teaching staff of Portadown College between 1941 and 1943 before returning to Queen’s where she graduated with a MB in 1948.  During this time she was President of the Women’s Students Hall; President of the Student Christian Movement and President of the Students’ Representative Council.

Moya had house jobs at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Maternity Hospital between 1949 and 1950 and obtained her DRCOG in 1950.  She then moved to Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute, Manchester, where she worked until 1983.  She was a consultant in radiotherapy and oncology from 1955. Moya gained her DMRT in 1952, an MD from Queen’s in 1953, FFR in 1954 later converted to FRCR.

Moya Cole was founder of St Ann’s Hospices, Heald Green 1971 and Little Hulton 1979.  After retirement from Christie’s Hospital she continued working as medical director and chair of the management committee at St Ann’s.  She was awarded an OBE in 1990.

Ms Cole published many papers on carcinoma of the breast, following up the early studies initiated by Ralston Paterson.  She also published significant papers on the radiotherapy of carcinoma of the cervix and was co-author of the first clinical paper on tamonifen.  She also published papers on terminal care.

Moya died in Newcastle, Co Down on 16 May 2004.



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