Lives of the fellows

Deryck John Edward Taylor

b.8 February 1933 d.7 November 1995
MB BS Lond(1958) MRCS LRCP(1958) MRCP(1962) FRCP(1975) DSc(1991) Hon DSc Kent(1991)

Deryck Taylor had a distinguished career as a cardiologist at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. He was trained at King’s College, London, and the Westminster Hospital, qualifying in 1958. He went on to become registrar to Dudley Hart and Malcolm Milne [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IX, p.367] and was later senior registrar to P Nixon and Norman Plummer [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.474]. He was appointed as a consultant in 1971.

During his career at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital he was engaged in research on electrophysiology and echocardiography and encouraged links between the hospital and the University of Kent, particularly in the electronics department. He encouraged postgraduate students and developed a masters degree in medical electronics. He was awarded an honorary DSc by the University of Kent in recognition of his work on ECG mapping.

His clinical role as a busy general physician gave him contact with patients and other staff which he enjoyed enormously. He encouraged his colleagues at a local and regional level with his concern and his dry sense of humour.

He was devoted to his family and to his piano which he played to a professional standard much to the pleasure of the local medical and wider community. His career was very sadly cut short by a rare neurological illness which he and his family coped with magnificently. As a final accolade the Kent and Canterbury Hospital named the coronary care ward in his memory.

Mark Rake

[Brit.med.J., 1996,312,245]

(Volume X, page 486)

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