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BADN Remembers Dame Margaret Seward

In a statement BADN reports that it is saddened to learn of the death of the first, and only, dental Dame, Dame Margaret Seward.

A BADN spokesperson said: “Dame Margaret graduated from The London Hospital in 1959, becoming its first female resident dental house surgeon, and was later responsible for the dental unit at Highlands Hospital in north London featured in the film Awakenings starring Robert de Niro.

“From 1979-1992 she was Editor of the British Dental Journal; and was also editor of the International Dental Journal, the publication of the World Dental Federation. She was the second woman to become President of the British Dental Association, the first woman President of the General Dental Council, and England’s first woman Chief Dental Officer. Dame Margaret received a CBE in 1994 and was made a Dame in 1999.

“Dame Margaret was a great supporter of the dental team, and of dental nurses. She was an Honorary Life Member of BADN, and was a guest at most – and Master of Ceremonies of at least two – BADN Presidential Dinners, including the masked ball Dinner in Blackpool in 1995.

“As President of the GDC, Dame Margaret supported, and encouraged others to support, the campaign for registration of the whole dental team. Following the publication of the Nuffield Report in 1993, she chaired several dental-wide debates on the subject and then formed, and chaired, the Dental Auxiliaries Working Group to further investigate and develop the Nuffield proposals.

“Dame Margaret was an inspiration to those of us who struggled to be heard in a predominantly male environment; a great supporter of dental nurses and a formidable ally of the BADN. Always dignified, gracious – and with a wicked sense of humour – she will be greatly missed.”

See the original article here: Dental Industry Review

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