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Obituary: George Henry Bancroft-Livingston

George Bancroft-Livingston was one of two children born to Henry Livingston and Barbara (Nee Bancroft) on 13 October 1920 in San Francisco, USA.

He was the second of three generations to be educated at Stonyhurst College Lancashire where he went from the age of 8.

He qualified as a doctor from the Middlesex Hospital in 1944 and served as a Squadron Leader based in Wales from 1946 to 1949.

He obtained his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in 1946, Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) in 1947 and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 1951.

He married Stella Pauline Deacon in 1950 and had five children, a son and four daughters.

Formerly a Senior Registrar and Research Assistant at the Middlesex Hospital he moved to the North Herts Hospital, Hitchin and the Luton and Dunstable Hospital before moving to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG) in 1960 and went on to examine for the College particularly in Northern Ireland and in Basra in Iraq.

He maintained his links with Stonyhurst, giving talks at the College on several occasions and serving a term as President of the OS.

He upheld his Catholic faith during his professional life by steadfastly refusing to undertake any abortion work as a gynaecologist, He retired in 1985 and became a Brother of the Order of St John in 1996 – he received his 10-year medal of service posthumously at his funeral service.

He died suddenly on 16 April 2007 after a short illness.