Lives of the fellows

John Rendel Tasker

b.23 June 1915 d.1 September 2008
MB BS Cantab(1940) MRCP(1943) MD(1951) FRCP(1963)

John Rendel Tasker (‘Tony’) was a consultant physician at Northampton General Hospital. Born in Benton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he was the son of Hubert Sanderson Tasker, a company director, and his wife Doris Lisle née Holdsworth, whose father, William West Holdsworth, was a clergyman. Educated at Marlborough School, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and the London Hospital.

After qualifying in 1940, he did house jobs at the London, before enlisting in the RAF as a medical officer and later medical specialist, serving from 1943 to 1947.

He returned to the London when he was demobilised and was a registrar until 1951, when he moved to the Northampton area and was appointed a consultant physician at the Northampton General Hospital the following year. Eventually he also became consultant physician to the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton and examiner for the temporary medical assessment board of the General Medical Council. A fellow of the Medical Society of London and he was also a member of the Hunterian Society. He also worked as an examiner at Baghdad University in Iraq.

A music lover, he also enjoyed the study of natural history and horticulture.

In 1951 he married Anita Mary Boyd Harvey, whose father, Francis Edmund Boyd Harvey, was an engineer. They had a son, Matthew and a daughter, Isabel. When he died suddenly while on holiday in France, he was survived by Anita and their children and grandchildren, Anna, Lydia and Francesca.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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