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William Stobie (1886–1957)

Mayor of Oxford 1930/1

William Stobie was born in Edinburgh on 2 May 1886. He was the son of William Stobie. He was educated at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, where he qualified as a doctor.

In 1909 Stobie came to Oxford and house physician to Sir William at the Radcliffe Infirmary, and from 1910 he was medical officer to the Oxford Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis.

In 1914 William Stobie married Irene Beatrice Taylor of Shelsley Walsh near Worcester, and their son William Douglas Kerr Stobie was born in 1920.

During the First World War Stobie served as a Captain and later a Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps in France and Belgium as medical officer to the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and was twice mentioned in despataches. In 1919 he was awarded the OBE and was appointed a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Defence Force in 1919.

After the war he returned to his medical work in Oxford, proceeding to the M.D. of Edinburgh in 1921 and becoming a member of the Royal College of Physicians of London the following year.

When the 40-bed Osler Pavilion for tuberculosis patients in Headington opened in 1926, Stobie was appointed assistant physician and in practice was in full charge from the start. He lived at Craigmillar, 382 Banbury Road.

In 1934 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and appointed Consultant in Tuberculosis to the City and County. He was also appointed Physician at the Oxford Eye Hospital. He was a Fellow of Exeter College and lectured on Respiratory Diseases and Medical Ophthalmology at the University.

In 1930 Stobie was elected Mayor of Oxford (for 1930/1), and was influential in appointing Dr Williams as medical officer of health for Oxford and Dr Charles Hill (later Lord Hill)

Stobie was an Alderman from 1931 to 1934 and also served a term as Sheriff of Oxford. He retired in 1952.

† William Stobie died in 1957.

See also:

  • Oxford Times, 13 July 1951, p. 8 (retirement)
  • Oxford Times, 8 March 1957, p. 6 (obituary and funeral)
  • A. H. T. Robb-Smith, A Short History of the Radcliffe Infirmary (United Oxford Hospitals, 1970), pp. 146–7
  • Who’s Who in Oxfordshire, p. 346

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Last updated: 20 September, 2018

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