Lives of the fellows

Kenneth John Gurling

b.23 May 1921 d.17 June 2002
MB BS Lond(1945) MRCS LRCP(1945) MD(1949) MRCP(1949) FRCP(1969)

Kenneth John Gurling was a consultant physician at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and a former postgraduate dean at the University of Nottingham medical school. He was the son of Arthur Rayson Gurling, a building surveyor, and Christina Ruth née Whyatt, the daughter of a musician. He was educated at Ripley Court and then Emanuel School. He went on to study medicine at King’s College in London, qualifying in 1945. He held house posts at King’s College Hospital and at Belmont Hospital, part of the Emergency Medical Service during the Second World War.

From 1945 to 1948, he was a major in the Royal Army Medical Corps, with responsibility for hospitals in Somalia and the Sudan.

From 1949 to 1954 he was a senior registrar at King’s College Hospital, London, where he developed an interest in endocrinology. He then carried out research at the University of Pennsylvania into the effects of methotrexate on tumour cells. He continued this research at the Royal Free Hospital in London over the next three years.

In 1959, he was appointed as a consultant physician at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and at Derby City Hospital. From 1966, he was also an honorary clinical tutor at Sheffield University. Once the new Nottingham University medical school was opened in 1970, he was appointed as the first postgraduate dean. He retired in 1986.

He enjoyed playing and watching rugby, and organised hospital club tours to France. In his retirement, he indulged his love of music, and was a tour manager in Europe for the English Sinfonia Orchestra.

In 1945 he married Nora Sempill, the daughter of a Scottish lawyer. They had one son and one daughter. Nora died in 1975, and he married for a second time, to Monica. He died from heart disease.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J.,2003 326 1149]

(Volume XII, page web)

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