Lives of the fellows

John Dennys Kidd

b.20 February 1915 d.25 September 2007
BA Cantab MB BChir(1940) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1965)

John Dennys Kidd was a consultant physician with an interest in neurology in the Aylesbury and High Wycombe area. He was born in London, the son of Francis Seymour Kidd, a surgeon, and Stella Cecilia Mary Kidd née Williams, the daughter of a jeweller. His uncle, Percy Kidd [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IV, p.303] was a physician at the London and Brompton hospitals. He was educated at Stratton Park Preparatory School, Winchester and then Trinity College, Cambridge. He went on to the London Hospital for his clinical training.

After qualifying in 1940, he was a house officer in Poplar Hospital, London, during the early stages of the Second World War. In 1941 he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a surgeon lieutenant. He was mentioned in despatches and, in January 1942, received the Royal Humane Society’s bronze medal, awarded to those who put their own lives at risk to save or attempt to save another person.

He was demobilised in 1946 and became a supernumerary registrar, registrar and then senior registrar at the London Hospital. He passed his MRCP in 1947. In January 1950 he became a consulting physician in Aylesbury and High Wycombe, and from 1955 he was also a consultant neurologist in Reading.

He served on the hospital management committees at High Wycombe and at St John’s Hospital, Stone, Buckinghamshire. He was a founder member of the Chiltern Medical Society and president from 1963 to 1964, and a member of Reading Pathological Society.

Outside medicine he enjoyed fishing, shooting, golf, music, history and gardening. He was also a supporter of Welsh rugby.

In 1941 he married Annabel Cranston Anderson Young, the daughter of a schoolmaster. Predeceased by his wife and son, Malcolm, he was survived by his two daughters, Chrissie and Belinda.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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