Lives of the fellows

John Damien Tange

b.13 April 1924 d.15 June 2003
MB BS Queensland(1947) MRACP(1951) MRCP(1953) FRACP(1970) FRCPA(1973) FRCP(1982) MD Melbourne(1983)

John Damian Tange was a pathologist at the University of Melbourne. He was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the son of Archibald James Tange, an accountant, and his wife, Margaret. He was educated at St Joseph’s College, Nudgee, where he excelled: he was dux in 1941 and achieved first place in the state intermediate examination. He then went on to study medicine at the University of Queensland on an open scholarship, graduating in 1947.

He became a resident medical officer at Brisbane General Hospital and then a medical officer at Mount Isa Hospital. In 1951 he travelled to the UK, where he was a house physician at Hammersmith Hospital, London, and then a senior medical registrar at East Ham. He gained his MRACP in 1951 and his MRCP in 1953.

In 1954, he returned to Australia, where he was an assistant physician at Brisbane Hospital, and also a tutor in clinical medicine at the University of Queensland. In 1955, he became a medical registrar at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and then, a year later, a tutor in medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital and a demonstrator in pathology at the University of Melbourne. In 1957 he became a lecturer in pathology at the University of Melbourne, a post he held until 1971, when he became a senior lecturer. From 1958, he was also an associate physician in the department of medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, becoming a senior associate physician in 1971. From 1982 to 1986, he was a reader in pathology at the University of Melbourne. From 1986 to 1990, he was a geriatrician at Western General Hospital, as well as a senior associate in the department of pathology, University of Melbourne.

He was a visiting fellow at Hammersmith Hospital, London, from 1969 to 1970, to the Royal Infirmary, Manchester, in 1972, at the Nuffield department of clinical medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, from 1976 to 1977, and at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford in 1985. He was appointed as a consultant physician in the Royal Australian Navy in 1958, becoming a surgeon lieutenant commander.

In 1958, he married Rosabel May, the daughter of Max Eric Thiele, an automotive engineer, and Ethel Thiele. They had five children, Margaret (a renal physician), Damian (a neurosurgeon), Cecily, Peter and Gabriella. At the time of his election to the fellowship of the RCP, he listed books, wine and conversation as his interests and hobbies.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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