Lives of the fellows

John Stuart Horner

b.24 September 1932 d.1 June 2002
MB ChB Birm(1956) DPH(1960) DIH(1961) MFCM(1972) FFCM(1975) FFPHM(1990) MD Manchester(1995) FRCP(1996)

John Stuart Horner was a public health physician and a medical ethicist. He was born in Leicester, where his father James Stanley Horner was a textile engineer. His mother Doris Lily Horner was a book-keeper. He was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School in Leicester, and went on to Birmingham to study medicine. Qualifying in 1956, he completed house officer posts at United Birmingham Hospitals.

In 1958 he was appointed assistant medical officer for health in Leicester. Three years later, in 1961, he was made a deputy medical officer of health in Dewsbury. From 1963 to 1970 he was deputy medical officer of health at Croydon. He then became director of health and welfare services in the London Borough of Hillingdon. From 1974 to 1986 he was area medical officer and district medical officer in Croydon. In 1987 he moved to Lancashire, as director of public health at Preston. From 1993 to 1996, he was director of public health in the north west Lancashire area. In retirement, he was visiting professor at the University of Central Lancashire.

He wrote papers on ethics in medicine. He assumed the chair of what is now the BMA's committee of public health medicine and community health in 1974. In 1989 he was appointed chair of the medical ethics committee. He was chairman of the Institute of Alcohol Studies from 1981 to 1992, chairman of Age Concern in the Preston and South Ribble area from 1988 to 1991, and vice-president of the College of Speech and Language Therapists from 1991 to 1996.

He married Jacqueline Maureen Horner, a chartered physiotherapist, in 1958, and they had one son and one daughter. At the time of his election to the Fellowship of the College in 1996, he listed sheep farming among his interests.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J.,2002,325,907]

(Volume XI, page 274)

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