It is with great sadness that the family report the passing of Moses
Schwab. He was born in 1919, and began his dental training in 1938 at the
Royal Dental Hospital in Leicester Square. The ongoing war did not impede
the program of study and he enjoyed relating how, during his training in the
war years, a bomb once exploded very near the hospital. The windows of the
hospital were shattered and the students arrived in the conservation
department to find their instruments scattered in disarray all over the
floor. He managed to gather his set together to good effect, as seen by the
number of prizes he obtained during the duration of the course.
He began his career in 1942, and spent most of the next 40 years in general practice in Southgate. He was an 'old-timer' who won the respect of his patients by never compromising on his high standards, regardless of time pressure, and they in return regarded him not only as their dentist but also as their friend. He retired from the NHS in 1982, but carried on dentistry in more relaxed fashion at his surgery at home, mainly with children with whom he had a great affinity. He continued working until the day he became ill at the age of 83, and derived much satisfaction from making the comparison between his own practising career which spanned six decades, and the average retirement age in the profession of 54. He saw many changes during this time and his distaste at the relaxation of the rules on advertising was a sign of his professionalism - he always felt that this had helped to demote dentistry from a profession to a business.
He was an 'old timer' who won the respect of his patients by never compromising on his high standards, regardless of time pressure, and they in return regarded him not only as their dentist but also as their friend.
Until he was 80, he enjoyed hill walking in the British Isles and mountain walking in Switzerland. He enjoyed nature, music and sport, watching cricket and playing chess, and lived a full life. He leaves a wife and children, one of whom followed him into dentistry