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​In tribute to Dame Margaret Seward, 1935-2021

23 July 2021


The British Dental Association has paid tribute to its former president Dame Margaret Seward, following news of her recent death.


The first female resident dental house surgeon at the London Hospital, she went on to edit both the British (1979-92) and International Dental Journals (1990-2000) and became the second female president of the BDA in 1993.


She was an elected member of the General Dental Council from 1976 and the first woman president (1994-99).


In 1994 Margaret was honoured with a CBE for services to dentistry, followed in 1999 by appointment as the first dental dame (DBE).  In the same year Dame Margaret retired from the GDC.


In 2000 Dame Margaret was head-hunted by the Department of Health to take forward the process of modernising NHS dentistry as Chief Dental Officer for England.


BDA Chair Eddie Crouch said:


“Words cannot express the depth and breadth of Margaret Seward’s contribution to this profession.


“The first female Chief Dental Officer, our second female president. From the BDJ to the GDC hers was a career like no other, as a dentist who inspired every colleague she met.


“On her ascendency to the presidency she told BDA members that a profession which has forgotten its past can have no future.


“We can never forget Margaret, and the future for all dentists is brightened by every glass ceiling she smashed.”