Reporter 398, 3 March 1997


Maxine Pollard

Dr Maxine Pollard died on Thursday 6th February 1997 aged 42.

An Edinburgh graduate, Dr Pollard began working in Leeds with a view to practising paediatric dentistry, but once she began her Masters degree, the academic 'bug' took hold and she decided to teach instead. Having completed her PhD she made a number of valuable contributions to paediatric dental literature, particularly in the field of the decay caused by foods. Dr Pollard was awarded a Winston Churchill travelling fellowship and took the opportunity to visit South Africa and explore tooth decay in the young black population. In 1990 she was appointed as Research Fellow and Clinical Demonstrator in Child Dental Health and later as Lecturer. Two years ago she became Director of the M.Dent.Sci. in Paediatric Dentistry post-graduate training programme. Her young patients loved her, and she was an excellent role model for the management of children.

Professor Martin Curzon
School of Dentistry

Esther Simpson

Dr Esther Simpson died on19th November 1996 at the age of 93.

After graduating from Leeds in 1924 with first class honours in French and German, Esther worked for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation in Vienna. In 1933, following the rise to power of the National Socialists in Germany when universities and professions began to dismiss anti-Nazis and 'non-Aryans', Esther moved to London to work for the Academic Assistance Council which aimed to rescue those whose careers had been destroyed. Later renamed as the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, Esther continued her work after the fall of nazism with academic refugees from Communist countries. Dr Simpson was awarded an OBE and the Ordre des Palmes Academiques, and in 1989 received an honorary degree from Leeds University. The Brotherton Library possesses her portrait and many of her personal papers.

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Vivien Simpson
Department of Music

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