Stacey, Margaret 1922-2004

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STACEY, Margaret 1922-2004

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born March 27, 1922, in London, England; died February 10, 2004, in Warwick, England. Sociologist, educator and author. Stacey distinguished herself as a pioneer in the study of the sociological aspects of health care and illness, and she broke down gender barriers by being the first woman appointed a professor at the University of Warwick. Studying sociology when it was still a very young discipline in science, she earned a B.Sc. in the subject from the London School of Economics in 1943. Her first teaching position was as an Oxford University tutor until 1951. For the next ten years, she was largely occupied with motherhood, but still managed to research and write her first published study, Tradition and Change: A Study of Banbury (1960). Stacey then joined the University College of Swansea as a research officer in 1961, eventually becoming a senior lecturer in sociology in the early 1970s. She was hired by the University of Warwick as a professor of sociology in 1974, where she was department chair from 1974 to 1979, retiring in 1989. As a researcher and author, Stacey wrote often about the sociology of health care, especially as it related to women's and children's health; she was also interested in gender issues and was an influential force behind the British Sociological Association, for which she served as president from 1981 to 1983. Stacey was the editor and author of over a dozen publications, including Women, Power and Politics (1981), The Sociology of Health and Healing: A Textbook (1988), and Regulating British Medicine: The General Medical Council (1992). She also completed her husband's book Om-budsmen Compared (1978) after his death in 1977. Her last book was Dying to Know: Public Release of Information about Quality Health Care (2000), which she edited with Stuart Horner.



Guardian (London, England), March 8, 2004, p. 23.

Independent (London, England), April 15, 2004, p. 34.

Times (London, England), February 25, 2004, p. 34.