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Apthorp, John

Born: 21/02/1926 - Died: 23/11/2009
John Apthorp was born in Hamilton to Edward and Violet Apthorp. His father was Music Teacher at Southwell School. On 25 August 1951 he married Phyllis Mary Willcocks, an English nurse who had emigrated to NZ. During the course of a 58 year marriage they had 6 children: Paul, Christopher, Timothy, Peter, Cathy (a nurse) and Ruth, together with 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. His on...

Abbott, George David

Born: 15/08/1939 - Died: 10/08/2006
Associate Professor George Abbott, who died after a short illness with lung cancer, was recognised on both sides of the Tasman as one of the most respected paediatricians of his generation. George was born in Lahore and moved with his family to Christchurch after the partition of India. He graduated in medicine from the University of Otago in 1964 and gained MRACP in 1968 and FRACP in 1973. He ...

Alexander, James Martin

Born: 06/12/1917
Born in West Linton, Scotland, James Martin Alexander studied medicine at University of Glasgow. After graduating in September 1941 he held house physician posts at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow and at EMS Hospital, Gleneagles, Perthshire until November 1942. After two months in general practice he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a surgeon lieutenant and was on active s...

Anderson, Stanley Turtle

Born: 29/06/1937 - Died: 17/04/2008
Stanley Turtle Anderson was born in Brighton-le-Sands, Sydney, NSW. His parents had migrated from Northern Ireland. His father, John, was a businessman in electrical goods and his mother was Joyce (nee Carson). Stanley was the second of six children. Stan attended Canterbury Boys High School and following his matriculation was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship. His father had wished him to joi...

Adams, John Lewis

Born: 17/10/1917 - Died: 18/04/2009
John Lewis Adams, son of Robert Tasman Adams, barrister and solicitor, and Hilda Mary (nee Cooper), registered nurse and hospital proprietor, was born at home in Pahiatua. He had four siblings. He married Gwendoline Lucy Harkness, a nurse, and they had three children; John Dickson Adams, consultant dermatologist, Stephen Vaughan Adams, management consultant and Justin Mary McCarthy, sheep and c...

Allen, Stuart Douglas

Born: 04/02/1900 - Died: 11/08/1979
Stuart Douglas Allen was born in Sydney in February 1900. His father was William John Allen, horticulturist, and his mother Annie Douglas Robertson whose father William Whitehead Robertson was an importer. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School and graduated MB ChM from the University of Sydney in 1924. He was a student of Sydney Hospital. Following qualification he obtained a post as honorar...

Alexander, John Murray

Born: 17/05/1913 - Died: 07/11/2002
John Murray Alexander was born in Sydney in 1913 and graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1937. He spent several years in residency at Sydney Hospital. He moved to Crown Street Obstetric Hospital then to the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (RAHC) at Camperdown where his lifelong interest in pediatrics began. During World War II John Alexander served in the Air Force a...

Arnott, Desmond William Holme

Born: 04/08/1902 - Died: 31/05/1982
Dr Arnott was born in Wyalong New South Wales in 1902 and educated at Goulburn High School. He then attended the University of Sydney as a student of St Andrew's College. He graduated MB ChM in 1925. He represented Australia against New Zealand in hockey in 1923 and captained the University hockey team in 1924 thereby obtaining his blue. He underwent his training in psychiatry at Callan Park Hospi...

Armstrong, Dengate Robert

Born: 04/08/1920 - Died: 04/04/1986
Dengate Robert Armstrong died suddenly at his home at Whangarei Heads on 4 April 1986. Born into a family of English working class immigrants on 4 August 1920 in Drouin Victoria he inherited the life-long pacifism of his father. He attended Palmerston North Primary and Boys' High, before entering Otago Medical School. His athletic skills led to a university blue in boxing and he was twice runner-u...

Armour, John Norman

Born: 03/11/1912 - Died: 14/11/1989
Dr John Norman Armour was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, of Scottish ancestry on 3 November 1912. He attended Southland Boys' High School and did his medical training in Dunedin, qualifying MB ChB in 1939. He was a house-surgeon at Palmerston North Hospital during 1939 and 1940 where he met Grace Stanley, a fellow house-surgeon and they were married in 1940. In 1941 John entered the Army servi...

Archibald, Geoffrey Carter

Born: 22/09/1944 - Died: 02/05/1978
Geoffrey Archibald was the only son of George and Margorie Archibald of Nelson. He was educated at Nelson College and Otago University. Following his graduation and two years as house surgeon at Christchurch Hospital he spent a further two years there as a registrar, first in medicine and then in dermatology. He passed his MRACP in 1972 and travelled to England for further training in dermatology....

Alberry, Gordon Walker Fabian

Born: 09/11/1900 - Died: 11/09/1980
Gordon Walker Fabian Alberry was born in November 1900 and graduated Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor or Surgery from the University of Melbourne in 1931. After a residency at the Launceston General Hospital he was appointed as a Flying Doctor at Cloncurry which was the original Flying Doctor Base founded by John Flynn. He was at Cloncurry between 1935 and 1947 except for a brief period off when ...

Akeroyd, John Finch

Born: 17/12/1909 - Died: 17/12/1982
John Akeroyd was born in Melbourne the son of Joseph, school inspector (later Inspector General of Penal Establishments), and Ethel Caroline Finch, school teacher. He was educated at Bendigo and Melbourne High School where he was an honours student. He graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne with honours in obstetrics and surgery. During his university course he was actively involve...

Agar, John McDonald

Born: 03/07/1912 - Died: 08/03/1978
John Agar was born in Glasgow, Scotland and came to Australia in 1920 when his father was appointed Professor of Zoology in the University of Melbourne. He was educated at Melbourne Grammar School and commenced a combined science and medical course at the University of Melbourne. He was a resident in Trinity College and in 1930 was a member of the University athletics and rugby teams and was award...

Abrahams, Derek Gordon

Born: 29/08/1918 - Died: 16/07/1981
Derek Abrahams was born at St Neots, Huntingdonshire, was educated at Bedford School and Caius College Cambridge and completed his medical studies at St George's Hospital, London. He was born into a distinguished family, which no doubt influenced his future life. It is always difficult following in distinguished footsteps. His mother was killed in an accident when he was very young and his lawyer ...

Abbie, Andrew Arthur

Born: 08/02/1905 - Died: 22/07/1976
Andrew Abbie was born in Kent UK of Scottish Huguenot descent, the son of the first engineer officer in the Royal Navy to be commissioned from below deck. When his father retired the family moved briefly to New Zealand, his mother's birthplace, and then to New South Wales where he attended the University of Sydney. Except for the first term, his entire course of studies was paid for by himself wit...

Aaron, Kurt

Born: 22/02/1909 - Died: 23/08/1986
Dr Kurt Aaron was born in Hamburg in 1909 and died in Brisbane in 1986. After receiving his secondary schooling at the Helmholz Ober-Real Schule in Frankfurt, he attended universities in Munich and Cologne and graduated MD University of Frankfurt in 1935, completing his clinical undergraduate studies at the Städtischen Krankenhaus in Frankfurt. With his widowed mother, Kurt left Hitler's Germany i...

Amos, Bernard John

Born: 05/04/1935 - Died: 09/05/2005
Bernard John Amos (known as Bernie) was the only child of Bernard Hunter and Nelly Grace Amos (nee Shannon.) He was a charismatic, larger-than-life man, who succeeded brilliantly at almost everything he did. Born in Townsville, where his father was a bank manager, he was schooled in the public system until he went to Shore (Sydney Church of England Grammar) in North Sydney. He became a formidable ...

Anyon, Charles Peter

Born: 17/02/1927 - Died: 23/08/2003
Peter Anyon was born in Wellington and educated at Wellington College before attending the Otago University Medical School where he completed the degree of B Med Sci during his undergraduate years. This was an indication of his life-long interest in medical research and his skeptical nature that always asked questions of accepted wisdom, whatever the field of endeavour. After graduation he went...

Alpers, John Henry

Born: 03/04/1936 - Died: 02/11/2007
John Henry (known as Jack) Alpers was born at Mannum South Australia. He was tall, slim, athletic and cheerful all his life. He died of leukemia at his home in Glen Osmond, South Australia. He received a Membership of the Order of Australia in 2002 in recognition of his contributions to teaching and clinical care in respiratory medicine and the Vice Chancellor's Award from Flinders University in 1...

Anderson, Charlotte Morrison

Born: 12/03/1915 - Died: 15/04/2002
Professor Emeritus Charlotte M Anderson was an international pioneer in the field of paediatric gastroenterology, which brought together her skills in science and medicine. During her childhood she was fascinated by the workings of the body and wanted to become a doctor. However, after she completed high school in Melbourne, her father suggested she "stay at home and help [her] mother." But a g...

Attwood, Harold Dallas

Born: 01/07/1928 - Died: 08/06/2005
Harold Attwood was a distinguished pathologist, teacher and medical historian whose leadership in the field of medical history was of special significance. Harold Dallas Attwood was born in Scotland in 1928 and died in Melbourne on 8 June 2005. His son, Alan Attwood, wrote in his obituary of Harold's early life, published in The Age on 27 June 2005: Harold Attwood, who has died peace...

Arden, Felix Wilfrid

Born: 20/04/1910 - Died: 16/05/2002
Felix Wilfrid Arden was born on 20th April 1910, in Singapore, then a British Colony within the Straits Settlements. His father was Stanley Arden, a rubber planter and horticulturalist. Felix Arden's mother, Winifred Arden, was from a Quaker family and was a devout Christian throughout her life. Felix, a brilliant student, was sent as a boarder to St. Edward King and Martyr School in Oxford. It...

Abrahams, Ellis William

Born: 07/05/1918 - Died: 05/05/2003
Ellis Abrahams was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, in 1918. His father, William Francis Abrahams, was a schoolmaster and his mother was Annabel Clarinda, née Ellis. Ellis had three sisters. He married Mary Jean Hoy in London on 27 May 1947 while both were studying for their higher degrees. She eventually became a psychiatrist. There were four children of the marriage - Kelvin (engineer), Helen Jane...

Armati, Roy Edgar

Born: 18/02/1913 - Died: 11/04/1967
Roy Armati was born in Mackay in Queensland, one of two sons of Percy Armati who was a pharmacist in the town. Both sons became doctors. He graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1936 with first-class honours. During 1937 and 1938, he held residency positions at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Pulmonary tuberculosis interrupted his training at RPAH, but he was able to return in 19...

Archdall, Mervyn

Born: 31/08/1884 - Died: 06/09/1957
Mervyn Archdall was born in Balmain, NSW, in 1884, the son of an Irish father and a German mother. His father, the Reverend (later Canon) Mervyn Archdall, who came from the south of Ireland, was a Cambridge graduate and a Hebrew, Greek and Latin scholar. His mother, to whom he always referred as `my little mother', was the daughter of Pastor William Adolphe Karow, who served at a little place call...

Anderson, Phyllis Margery

Born: 13/01/1901 - Died: 28/11/1957
Phyllis Anderson, the only child of a respected general practitioner and his wife, was born in Sydney. After attending the Methodist Ladies' College, Burwood, she entered the faculty of medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1925. She then worked at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, where she was trained in pathology by Dr Tidswell, himself an outstanding bacteriologist. Admi...

Anderson, Kevin Francis

Born: 04/04/1925 - Died: 04/07/1973
Kevin Anderson graduated in medicine from Guy's Hospital Medical School where he was awarded the Golding Bird scholarship and gold medal in bacteriology. After service with the RAF at the Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine, he held positions as senior lecturer in bacteriology at Guy's Hospital and then senior registrar in pathology at Saint Paul's Hospital in 1956-57. He came to Adela...

Anderson, John Hubback

Born: 20/08/1883 - Died: 04/11/1950
`Jock' Anderson was born in Urana, New South Wales, where his father was a general practitioner. He was educated at Longford Grammar School, Tasmania, and University of Melbourne where he rowed for Ormond College. After graduation he was a demonstrator in the University department of anatomy and in 1911 was appointed honorary outpatient physician at St Vincent's Hospital. He went into general prac...

Anderson, Douglas Joseph

Born: 06/11/1907 - Died: 30/11/1970
In the early hours of a winter morning in 1930 I was summoned to Sydney Hospital to attend a man with a perforated duodenal ulcer. The RMO concerned was Douglas Anderson. Over coffee after the operation we had a good talk about surgery, chess, humour and books; we soon found that Herrick was one of our favourite poets and he entertained me by reciting some of his poems. Douglas and I, and our wive...

Anderson, Douglas Joseph

Born: 06/11/1907 - Died: 30/11/1970
In the early hours of a winter morning in 1930 I was summoned to Sydney Hospital to attend a man with a perforated duodenal ulcer. The RMO concerned was Douglas Anderson. Over coffee after the operation we had a good talk about surgery, chess, humour and books; we soon found that Herrick was one of our favourite poets and he entertained me by reciting some of his poems. Douglas and I, and our wive...

Anderson, Alexander Leslie

Born: 08/07/1919 - Died: 03/01/1971
Alex Anderson was born in the Western District town of Warrnambool, Victoria, the younger son of LW and Mrs Anderson. The family moved to a property near Berwick, where Alex went to the local school, and then to Scotch College, Melbourne, for his secondary education, where he took the prize in British history and European history. In 1938 he went up to Ormond College, in the University of Melbourn...

Allen, Raymund Asher Milton

Born: 20/05/1893 - Died: 05/02/1950
Born in Sydney in 1893, Ray Allen originally studied science at Sydney University but left in August 1914 to join the Army at the outbreak of war. He served as an officer in 30 Bn in the Middle East and later in France where he was mentioned in dispatches and received the Military Cross. Seriously wounded at the battle of the Somme, he was invalided home in August 1917 with a crippled right arm. H...

Allen, Murree

Born: 02/05/1911 - Died: 13/08/1956
My association with Murree Allen began in 1949 in Newcastle when we were both in general practice and although in opposition, we established a bond of friendship until his untimely death at the age of forty-five. He represented the end of an era when general practice was the stepping stone to consultant practice as a physician. He was the son of a doctor and his academic record was an enviable ...

Allen, Ivan McDonald

Born: 10/11/1895 - Died: 31/07/1962
Ivan McDonald Allen was New Zealand's first neurologist. He was born the eldest of six children of William James Allen, a farmer, and Elizabeth Pollock in Onehunga, Auckland in 1895, received his secondary education at Auckland Grammar School and proceeded then as a national scholar first to university in Auckland then to medical school in the University of Otago. After graduating with an excellen...

Aitken, William

Born: 05/06/1892 - Died: 04/12/1958
After an upbringing on a Central Otago sheep run, `Peter' Aitken, as his friends knew him, was educated at Otago Boys' High School and Otago University qualifying at the outbreak of the First World War. Almost immediately he enlisted and served with distinction in Egypt and at Gallipoli very soon after the landing until the evacuation. Thereafter he was in France with the New Zealand Division and ...

Aitken, Sydney Graham

Born: 19/05/1915 - Died: 14/11/1975
Graham Aitken qualified at Otago on the eve of the Second World War, and served with the New Zealand forces in the Pacific. He was regarded as a brilliant student, though something of a loner and for some years it was not generally known which direction his career might follow. After the war he gained specialist qualification in surgery and in gynaecology, thereafter returning to Auckland where ...

Adey, John Kellerman

Born: 26/12/1887 - Died: 02/08/1959
John Kellerman Adey, affectionately known as `JK' was born at Taunton,Somerset, England, the son of Captain Charles Adey. Arriving in Australia when he was fourteen years old, he was educated at Melbourne Grammar School and proceeded to the University of Melbourne, graduating in medicine in 1909 at the early age of twenty-one. From the outset, Adey was attracted to psychiatry and through his ap...

Adey, Charles William

Born: 10/12/1894 - Died: 03/01/1950
Charles Adey entered the laboratories division of the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories at Point Pirie on 16 May 1927 as a medical officer. The appointment was confirmed in December 1927 (effective from 13 June 1927) and his duties were extended by his appointment as a quarantine officer at the same time. In 1930 he visited Fiji to assist the Fijian Government in the investigation and control of a c...

Adams, Henry Cyril

Born: 21/11/1876 - Died: 08/12/1956
Henry Cyril (`Bill') Adams served in the Australian Army Medical Corps during World War I from 1916 to 1918, with the rank of major. He was appointed honorary physician to Sydney Hospital in 1920 and remained in that post until he reached retiring age at the end of 1936 when he was made an honorary consultant physician. He was still in private practice as a consultant at 183 Macquarie Street whe...

Audeau, Fuad Michael

Born: 01/11/1933 - Died: 25/02/2002
Fuad Michael Audeau was born in Baghdad, Iraq. His father, Michael, a civil servant and his mother, Miriam (nee Hakim) had a total of seven children. He attended The Sacred Heart Primary School and then Baghdad College, a Jesuit High School. Qualifying in medicine from the University of Baghdad in 1957 he was a house officer in the Professorial Unit, Department of Medicine, at the Republic Hospit...

Anderson Stuart, Bouverie Primrose

Born: 09/01/1899 - Died: 07/06/1993
Bouverie Anderson Stuart, popularly known as "Andy", was born in Sydney as one of twin boys but he had one older and one younger brother as well. He lived a long and interesting life until his death at 94 years. His father, Sir Thomas Peter Anderson Stuart, was a prominent figure in the medical world, being the founder of the University of Sydney medical school, appointed from Edinburgh in 1882 a...

Aiken, Robert Stevenson

Born: 16/04/1901 - Died: 10/04/1997
The death of Sir Robert Aitken brought to a close the life of one of the College’s most distinguished Fellows and one of New Zealand’s greatest medical graduates. Robert Aitken was born in Wyndham, Otago, where his father James Aitken was a Presbyterian Minister who later became Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand. Robert’s mother was Mary Vasey née Ferguson, daughter of a na...

Andrew, Richard Roderick

Born: 25/02/1911 - Died: 12/02/1994
Richard Roderick (Rod) Andrew was born in Perth Western Australia, son of Frank Carl Frederic Andrew, an otolaryngologoist and Jemima Andrew nee Urquhart. He was educated at Geelong Grammar School and graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1935. During the following three years he held appointments at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Children’ Hospital. He then mov...

Antico, Vincent Francis

Born: 12/11/1950 - Died: 19/10/1995
The medical community was stunned and saddened by the untimely death of Dr Vince Antico on 19 October 1995 at the age of 44 years. Vince was the youngest of three brothers and proud of his Italian ancestry. He went to school at Waverley College in Sydney, graduated in Medicine from the University of NSW in 1974 and trained in Internal Medicine at the Prince of Wales Hospital from 1974 to 1978. ...

Arnold, Barbara Joan

Born: 29/03/1926 - Died: 23/07/1995
Barbara Arnold was born in Sydney in 1926, daughter of Roy Frederick Arnold, a dental surgeon, and Linda Gertrude (née Mocatta). I am indebted to her stepmother, Olive, for the following details. Her father was a mature age student who went to Sydney University after his first marriage. He graduated in dentistry and was recruited as an army dentist during World War II. He was granted compassi...

Angove, Roger Clare

Born: 27/03/1915 - Died: 19/07/1998
Roger Angove was a member of the well-known South Australian winemaking family. His early childhood was quite disrupted. His father, Edward Laurence Angove, was sadly killed in action in France in August 1918 when Roger was only three years old. The grief of a young war widow (née Dorothy Clare) needs no emphasis, being left to care for two baby sons under four years of age. It was fortunate ...

Allan, Donald Young

Born: 06/02/1907 - Died: 20/08/1999
Donald Allan was born in Otago in 1907 of Scottish settler stock. His father, Joseph Allan, farmed on the Taieri Plains near Dunedin. His mother was Emily Salmond, a daughter of William Salmond who came from North Shields to lecture at the recently founded Presbyterian Theological College: subsequently he became professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy at Otago University. Donald’s father died...

Aiken, Melville Huia

Born: 25/01/1902 - Died: 29/12/1999
Melville Aiken was born in Palmerston North. His parents were Frederick Parkes Aiken, an accountant and his wife Grace Elizabeth née Morton. Melville was educated at Hamilton High School and Otago University, graduating in 1927. He was a house surgeon at Wellington Hospital 1927-29 and had further post-graduate experience in London at the Greenwich Seamen’s Hospital “Dreadnought” in 1929 – 193...

Atkinson, Michael Kerry

Born: 16/08/1943
I helped Professor Jim Biggs develop the bone marrow transplant program at St Vincent's Hospital between 1981 and 1996. This was replete with both clinical tragedies and successes. The treatment-related mortality for HLA-identical sibling transplantation at that time was 30%. On the other hand, many people with diseases incurable by any other means such as those with chronic myeloid leukemia befor...

Abbott, Nick

Born: 28/10/1944

I graduated from QLD University in 1967 and began working at the RMO Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane from 1967-1968. I worked at the RMO Queen Hospital for Children between 1969-1970.

I moved to the UK in 1970 and received a Diploma in Child Health, then worked in both London and Birmingham as Medical registrar MRCP(UK) between 1970-1973. 

I returned to ...

Anandaraja, Sivasambu

Born: 01/04/1930
I was born on 1st April 1930 and attended The Royal College, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The school's motto was 'Disce Aut Discede' ('learn or depart'). I later completed my MBBS at the University of Ceylon in 1956.

My career has spanned across Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand, with the latter the setting for a significant part of my career in Cardiology. I first posted as a Cons...