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2 November 1925 - 13 November 2010Rodger Maxwell was born in Whangarei and educated in Auckland at Epsom Model Country School and Auckland Grammar School. He was ranked first in his 4th form academically and first in senior Latin. He enjoyed playing rugby throughout his Grammar years. He left Auckland Grammar School in 1943 to spend 2 years as a cadet quantity surveyor. He then entered Medicine at Auckland University then to Dunedin to graduate in December 1953 as MBChB. Rodger joined the Auckland Hospital Board's service as Junior House Surgeon and progressed to Registrar's posts in Medicine (Cornwall Geriatric Hospital ) and Pathology (Auckland Hospital). He and his wife proceeded to London to study and hold medical positions from June 1958 for 3 00bd years. On their return to New Zealand in 1962 Rodger spent 2 years as full-time physician at Kaitaia Hospital qualifying as a Junior Medical Specialist. In 1965, after spending a year in Dunedin, Rodger gained DPH (with Distinction) in Hospital Administration. Special consideration in this training was given to principles of medical administration , medicolegal issues and study of relevant statutes governing hospital practice. Back in Auckland, Rodger entered Medical Administration briefly at Middlemore Hospital before being transferred to the position of Deputy Medical Superintendent at Auckland Hospital in February 1966. He worked there until 1972. He attended Investigation Committees of the Board for 4 years and was involved with the Medical Advisory Committee, staff appointments committees and was representative in Hospital Administration on MANZ Representation Body in Auckland. He gained a unique experience in issues involved in commissioning of a large hospital. He progressed to being appointed inaugural Medical Superintendent of North Shore Hospital in 1972 overseeing the commissioning of the new hospital and its subsequent administration. In 1974 he also became official Head Medical Officer of the Obstetric Hospitals in Devonport, Eastern Bays, Warkworth and Helensville. After Medical Superintendant appointments at Waitakere and Whangarei hospitals he retired from Medicine for family reasons in May 1986 and returned to live on North Shore, Auckland. Apart from his conscientious application to his medical and hospital administrative work, he was very proud of his family and encouraged his children in their educational studies , sport and relaxation activities. He always endorsed his wife, Margaret's medical practice involvement as a solo general practitioner and Student Health work. As a family, holidays were spent camping in Northland, and subsequently at Pataua North and Oakura Beach in seaside baches. He and Margaret enjoyed much time in Northland during their retirement years, where his fishing, gardening, reading and music were favourite pursuits. In 2006 he suffered a significant stroke and needed hospital care at Northbridge Private Hospital for the last 4 years of his life. Total blindness added to his problems during this time. Each day Margaret was able to augment the capable and loving care he received there. He died peacefully at Northbridge surrounded by his family and is survived by wife Dr Margaret Maxwell, daughter Deirdre, sons Rowan and Garth, and granddaughters Ayumi, Miyuki and Ruby. Rodgers family wrote this obituary and supplied the photograph.

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2 November 1925 - 13 November 2010Rodger Maxwell was born in Whangarei and educated in Auckland at Epsom Model Country School and Auckland Grammar School. He was ranked first in his 4th form academically and first in senior Latin. He enjoyed playing rugby throughout his Grammar years. He left Auckland Grammar School in 1943 to spend 2 years as a cadet quantity surveyor. He then entered Medicine at Auckland University then to Dunedin to graduate in December 1953 as MBChB. Rodger joined the Auckland Hospital Board's service as Junior House Surgeon and progressed to Registrar's posts in Medicine (Cornwall Geriatric Hospital ) and Pathology (Auckland Hospital). He and his wife proceeded to London to study and hold medical positions from June 1958 for 3 00bd years. On their return to New Zealand in 1962 Rodger spent 2 years as full-time physician at Kaitaia Hospital qualifying as a Junior Medical Specialist. In 1965, after spending a year in Dunedin, Rodger gained DPH (with Distinction) in Hospital Administration. Special consideration in this training was given to principles of medical administration , medicolegal issues and study of relevant statutes governing hospital practice. Back in Auckland, Rodger entered Medical Administration briefly at Middlemore Hospital before being transferred to the position of Deputy Medical Superintendent at Auckland Hospital in February 1966. He worked there until 1972. He attended Investigation Committees of the Board for 4 years and was involved with the Medical Advisory Committee, staff appointments committees and was representative in Hospital Administration on MANZ Representation Body in Auckland. He gained a unique experience in issues involved in commissioning of a large hospital. He progressed to being appointed inaugural Medical Superintendent of North Shore Hospital in 1972 overseeing the commissioning of the new hospital and its subsequent administration. In 1974 he also became official Head Medical Officer of the Obstetric Hospitals in Devonport, Eastern Bays, Warkworth and Helensville. After Medical Superintendant appointments at Waitakere and Whangarei hospitals he retired from Medicine for family reasons in May 1986 and returned to live on North Shore, Auckland. Apart from his conscientious application to his medical and hospital administrative work, he was very proud of his family and encouraged his children in their educational studies , sport and relaxation activities. He always endorsed his wife, Margaret's medical practice involvement as a solo general practitioner and Student Health work. As a family, holidays were spent camping in Northland, and subsequently at Pataua North and Oakura Beach in seaside baches. He and Margaret enjoyed much time in Northland during their retirement years, where his fishing, gardening, reading and music were favourite pursuits. In 2006 he suffered a significant stroke and needed hospital care at Northbridge Private Hospital for the last 4 years of his life. Total blindness added to his problems during this time. Each day Margaret was able to augment the capable and loving care he received there. He died peacefully at Northbridge surrounded by his family and is survived by wife Dr Margaret Maxwell, daughter Deirdre, sons Rowan and Garth, and granddaughters Ayumi, Miyuki and Ruby. Rodgers family wrote this obituary and supplied the photograph.

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Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

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contact nzmj@nzma.org.nz

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2 November 1925 - 13 November 2010Rodger Maxwell was born in Whangarei and educated in Auckland at Epsom Model Country School and Auckland Grammar School. He was ranked first in his 4th form academically and first in senior Latin. He enjoyed playing rugby throughout his Grammar years. He left Auckland Grammar School in 1943 to spend 2 years as a cadet quantity surveyor. He then entered Medicine at Auckland University then to Dunedin to graduate in December 1953 as MBChB. Rodger joined the Auckland Hospital Board's service as Junior House Surgeon and progressed to Registrar's posts in Medicine (Cornwall Geriatric Hospital ) and Pathology (Auckland Hospital). He and his wife proceeded to London to study and hold medical positions from June 1958 for 3 00bd years. On their return to New Zealand in 1962 Rodger spent 2 years as full-time physician at Kaitaia Hospital qualifying as a Junior Medical Specialist. In 1965, after spending a year in Dunedin, Rodger gained DPH (with Distinction) in Hospital Administration. Special consideration in this training was given to principles of medical administration , medicolegal issues and study of relevant statutes governing hospital practice. Back in Auckland, Rodger entered Medical Administration briefly at Middlemore Hospital before being transferred to the position of Deputy Medical Superintendent at Auckland Hospital in February 1966. He worked there until 1972. He attended Investigation Committees of the Board for 4 years and was involved with the Medical Advisory Committee, staff appointments committees and was representative in Hospital Administration on MANZ Representation Body in Auckland. He gained a unique experience in issues involved in commissioning of a large hospital. He progressed to being appointed inaugural Medical Superintendent of North Shore Hospital in 1972 overseeing the commissioning of the new hospital and its subsequent administration. In 1974 he also became official Head Medical Officer of the Obstetric Hospitals in Devonport, Eastern Bays, Warkworth and Helensville. After Medical Superintendant appointments at Waitakere and Whangarei hospitals he retired from Medicine for family reasons in May 1986 and returned to live on North Shore, Auckland. Apart from his conscientious application to his medical and hospital administrative work, he was very proud of his family and encouraged his children in their educational studies , sport and relaxation activities. He always endorsed his wife, Margaret's medical practice involvement as a solo general practitioner and Student Health work. As a family, holidays were spent camping in Northland, and subsequently at Pataua North and Oakura Beach in seaside baches. He and Margaret enjoyed much time in Northland during their retirement years, where his fishing, gardening, reading and music were favourite pursuits. In 2006 he suffered a significant stroke and needed hospital care at Northbridge Private Hospital for the last 4 years of his life. Total blindness added to his problems during this time. Each day Margaret was able to augment the capable and loving care he received there. He died peacefully at Northbridge surrounded by his family and is survived by wife Dr Margaret Maxwell, daughter Deirdre, sons Rowan and Garth, and granddaughters Ayumi, Miyuki and Ruby. Rodgers family wrote this obituary and supplied the photograph.

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Results

Conclusion

Author Information

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Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

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