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Dorothy, having to rent out rooms to visiting Officers. The family then returned to Britain, war resulting in a prolonged stay in Cape Town where John studied sculpture. Back in Britain John went to school at Clifton College, with financial help from his late father’s contacts. He studied incredibly hard (reading in the dormitory loos after lights out) and earned a scholarship to Balliol, Oxford – where he met illuminating tutors (Sandy Ogston – outstanding contributions to bio- chemistry)); speakers (Peter Medawar – identified immunological responses of plasma cells in skin grafts); and fellow students (David Oppenheimer – became a pioneer in advances in understanding nervous system diseases).

In 1951 clinical medical student John met Anne, his future wife, at the Royal London Hospital. Until 1964 he worked tirelessly through surgical training and exams, with a placement in Chicago and a stint in the army, reaching positions of


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Urology Consultant and Professor and dedicating himself to transforming the discipline of urology. From the day of their wedding he compiled “Us books” - photos, sketches and written records of family life and events. He loved parties and would organise one for every occasion.

His four daughters have found him to be an inspiration. He believed in “filling in the cracks” of life – keeping busy with worthwhile and interesting projects and always seeking innovation and improvement. Some of his outstanding achievements are: developing and co-ordinating urological practice and training across Europe (and internationally) - overcoming great resistance within the field; pioneering keyhole prostate surgery in Britain and treatment of kidney stones internationally; he wrote and illustrated new, improved textbooks (Illustrated Lecture notes on Urology remains a leading training text). He

taught himself to type in order to complete letters and reports in clinic quickly and accurately while one patient was leaving the consulting room and the next one was arriving. With a dislike of bickering John wasted no time with squabbles. He strongly believed in a positive and encouraging approach. As a young medical student sharing lodgings and taking turns cooking with friends, the principle of offering “stiglidge” was developed – “stiglidge” being an encouraging comment about the food regardless of how disastrous the end result. This principle was instilled into his family and transferred to every other aspect of his life. Nine months ago he was diagnosed with cancer requiring major surgery from which he made a determined and uncomplaining recovery. He never despaired and for two months seemed fully recovered. But a scan in late June showed the cancer had aggressively returned. On receiving this devastating news he simply told his wife “I haven’t got as long as I thought” and then began to make arrangements to see as many of his friends and family as possible. John was a devoted husband and

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father. The family spent many happy holidays at Tenby, Wales and Anne would often accompany John on his many international work commitments. When asked recently what was the secret to such a long and happy marriage, he answered “finding the right woman”.

John died peacefully at home on July 23rd with his wife and daughters beside him.


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