b.25 February 1896 d.1970
CBE DSO MB ChB Otago(1923) MD(1925) MRCP(1935) FRACP(1938) FRCP(1964)
Russell David King was born in Timaru, New Zealand, the son of James King, a farmer, and his wife Mary, daughter of Donald Campbell, a farmer. He was educated at Timaru Boys High School and Otago University, pursuing his clinical studies at Dunedin Hospital where he graduated MB ChB in 1923. He took his MD, New Zealand, in 1925 and his Membership of the College in 1935. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1939, and a Fellow of this College in 1964.
In the first world war he served in the ranks of the New Zealand Military Corps from 1917-1918. On demobilization he held junior medical posts at Christchurch Hospital and at Timaru Hospital. In1934 he was appointed physician to Timaru Hospital, and became senior consultant in 1961. Throughout the second world war he served in the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force, starting with the rank of Captain and rising to Brigadier ADMS. His distinguished service in this field gained him the CBE, the DSO and the Greek Cross. He also served as an honorary ADC to King George VI.
In 1924 he married Helen Ballardie, daughter of William Little, a medical practitioner, and they had one son. His main interest, outside his work and his family, was in horticulture.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
(Volume VI, page 269)
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