b.1863 d.1 October 1929
BA Cantab(1885) MA MD MRCS FRCP(1903)
William Gordon was born at Strabane, County Tyrone, the son of George Gordon, J.P., and his wife Martha, daughter of William Ramsay, and went to school at Brighton. He read natural sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, obtaining firsts in both parts of the tripos and graduating as B.A. in 1885. He completed his training at University College, London, and Heidelberg, qualifying in 1888, and then held house appointments in University College Hospital. In 1890 he started to practise in Exeter, becoming physician to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, the West of England Eye Infirmary, and the Exeter Dispensary. Gordon’s special interests were in pulmonary tuberculosis—he made a study of the disease in Devon for the County Council—cancer, and climatology. He played a prominent part, as a representative of the B.M.A, in the creation of the R.A.M.C. in 1898. From 1914 to 1918 he acted as medical officer of No. 1 Temporary Hospital at Exeter. Gordon was a man of cultured tastes and a competent pianist. He married in 1903 Dora Mary, daughter of Major G. R. Cruden, and had one son. He died at Exeter.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1929; B.M.J., 1929; Al.Cantab., iii, 93]
(Volume IV, page 450)
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