Long-serving LDC secretary retires

Maggie Fulton praised for her unstinting service and support of the profession

09 April, 2021 / indepth

Lanarkshire Local Dental Committee is saddened to be losing the services of its longest-serving secretary, Maggie Fulton, after more than 26 years in the role. In line with its established policy of appointing only legally qualified secretaries, Maggie attended her first LDC meeting on 23 November 1994.

Following her days at Notre Dame High School, Maggie went on to study law at Glasgow University, from where she graduated as a Bachelor of Laws, with Honours, in 1976. After completing her apprenticeship with the well-known Glasgow legal firm of Anderson, Fyfe, Stewart and Young, she went on to work with them for several years, specialising in shipping law and conveyancing, before leaving to bring up her family. Later she returned to work with a legal practice in Paisley.

University honours were not restricted to her undergraduate studies. She was awarded a University Blue for Netball and also played for Scottish Universities. Indeed, she was selected for the GB team but, unfortunately her final exams prevented her from playing the match. It was at university that she met her husband-to-be, and fellow law student, Robert. Two of their children have followed their parents into the legal profession, while the other two have chosen the teaching profession.

After years of dictating her legal letters to the practice’s secretary, Maggie says that her first challenge at the LDC was to learn how to take her own notes quickly enough, and how to hone her own skills at computing and typing. She added: “I have forever wondered about the mythical SDR (Statement of Dental Remuneration) and spent a long time grappling with the acronyms and trying to understand the set-up of dentistry throughout Scotland.” Suffice to say, she did, indeed, master all of these challenges, to the very grateful appreciation of the LDC members.

Apart from servicing the regular LDC meetings, she was also the treasurer, and her annual accounts have been accorded the honour of ‘Maggie’s Works of Art’ by the LDC’s external auditors. She has also organised the LDC’s very popular CPD evenings, usually held in the large lecture theatre of Hamilton Fire Station, and which was always well-attended Most enjoyable of all, though, was the LDC’s Annual Dinner, an opportunity to relax and try to not talk about teeth (very much).

In her spare time, Maggie is fully occupied. She is the author of Maw Fulton’s Cookbook, enjoys writing poetry, wildlife photography, knitting and regular holidays in St Andrews and Menton, in France. Most recently, Maggie has become a grandmother. Poppy’s first few deciduous teeth are now erupting, so Granny Fulton will be well-placed, in her retirement, to supervise Poppy’s oral health.

Maggie has served the committee and, indeed, the wider profession, with outstanding dedication and efficiency throughout the reign of nine different holders of the office of committee chair, and she leaves with the very grateful thanks of the entire LDC, together with their best wishes for a long and happy retirement.

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