Lives of the fellows

Roy Gerrard Shorter

b.11 January 1925 d.27 October 2008
MB BS London(1948) MRCS LRCP(1948) MRCP(1952) FRCP(1984) FRCPath FACP

Roy Gerrard Shorter was a consultant physician at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA, and a pioneer in renal transplantation. He was born in London, the son of Gerrard Anthony George Shorter, a company director, and was educated at St Paul’s School. He studied medicine at King’s College, London, and the Westminster Hospital, qualifying in 1948.

Following house posts, from 1949 he served for two years as a surgeon lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He went on to medical registrar posts at Kingston Hospital and St Thomas’. From 1953 to 1961 he was a lecturer and then senior lecturer at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School.

In 1958 he received the St Thomas’ Hospital endowment fund travel award and a Fulbright travel award, and went to Rochester, Minnesota, USA, for one year as a special appointee to the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in the section of experimental and anatomic pathology. He returned to the Mayo Clinic in 1961 as a consultant in experimental and anatomic pathology.

In 1974 Shorter became a professor in the pathology department, and in 1975 a professor in the department of internal medicine. He was one of the pioneers of renal transplantation at the Mayo Clinic.

His main area of research was the immunology of the gastrointestinal tract and studies of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and he was co-editor of two of the major text books on IBD and diseases of the colon, rectum and anal canal. He was author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, and also authored a book on liver biopsy.

In 1986 Shorter was awarded the Teacher of the Year award by Mayo Medical School students, and in 1989 received the Mayo Medical School faculty service award for his exceptional continuing contribution to undergraduate medical education. A member of many medical societies, he was a founding member of the British Liver Club, a Fellow of the College and the Royal College of Pathologists, as well as of the American College of Physicians. He retired from the Mayo Clinic in June 1991.

Outside medicine, his main hobby was reading and he loved listening to music, especially the popular tunes from his youth. On 15 May 1948, he married Rhiannon Morris, a doctor, in Ferndale, Glamorgan, Wales. They had two children, Nicholas Andrew and Lindsey Ann Elizabeth Dingle, and seven grandchildren (Timothy, Brittain, Jaime, Joseph, Jack, Jared and Jordan).

Information from Lindsey A Dingle

[Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minnesota, 11 Nov 2008]

(Volume XII, page web)

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