Name: Warwick Mayne Smeeton, OBE
MB ChB, Otago, 1944
DA, RCP&S, 1950
Date of Birth: 31 May 1921
Date of Death: 12 August 2008
After graduating from the University of Otago in 1944, Warwick Mayne Smeeton served overseas with the 6 New Zealand General Hospital. On return to civilian practice, Smeeton was engaged as visiting anaesthetist at the Waikato Hospital before heading to England, where he worked as an anaesthetic registrar at the Hammersmith and was senior anaesthetic registrar at the Queens Square Hospital in London. Whilst in the United Kingdom, Smeeton completed his Diploma of Anaesthesia, and gained fellowship of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Returning to New Zealand, Smeeton held positions in anaesthesia at the Auckland Hospital, Waikato Hospital, and Dunedin Public Hospital, as well as becoming a lecturer in anaesthesia at the Otago medical and dental schools.
In 1990 Smeeton was appointed as the Director of Medicine for the Auckland Commonwealth Games, and in 1993 was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his work in sports medicine.
Online cenotaph, Auckland Museum; New Year’s Honours List, 1993, Wikipedia; Form of Proposal for Nomination to Fellowship, 1956.
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