b.29 May 1954 d.31 October 2003
BSc Bristol(1975) MB ChB(1978) MRCP(1982) MRCPath(1986) FRCP(1996)
Robert George Dalton was a consultant haematologist at Cheltenham General Hospital. He was born in Birmingham, the son of George Allen Dalton, a surgeon, and Elizabeth Mary née Wood, a nurse. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Camp Hill, Birmingham, and then Bristol University.
He held house posts at British Royal Infirmary and at Southmead Hospital. He trained in haematology at Leicester, St Thomas’ and Kingston upon Thames. In 1988 he was appointed as a single-handed consultant haematologist at Cheltenham General Hospital. He swiftly established specialist clinics and links with oncology colleagues.
Dalton was a co-founder of the Cheltenham-based charity Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy fund (LINC), and helped fundraise for a new outpatient suite. A Robert Dalton Research Fellowship was established by LINC in his honour, to go to a postgraduate student studying a blood cancer related subject in conjunction with Cranfield University.
He married Rosemary Jean Dalton, a general practitioner, in 1982. They had a son, Tom, and a daughter, Ellie. He died from cancer at the age of just 49.
[Brit.med.J.,328 2004 290-291; Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy fund www.lincfund.org/robertdaltonresearchfellowship.php – access 2 August 2010]
(Volume XII, page web)
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