Lives of the fellows

Jonathan Richard Pedder

b.9 June 1937 d.8 January 2010
BM BCh Oxon(1961) MRCP(1965) DPM(1967) MRCPsych(1971) FRCPsych(1979) FRCP(1992) FInstPsychoanal

Jonathan Richard Pedder was a consultant psychotherapist in north London. Born in Kenilworth, he was the son of John Evelyn Pedder, the managing director of Courtaulds Ltd, and his wife, Claudine Blanche Mayson-Pedder. After attending Shrewsbury School, he studied medicine at Oxford University and the Middlesex Hospital.

Qualifying in 1961, he did house jobs in surgery, medicine and neurosurgery. In 1965 he moved to the Maudsley and Bethlem hospitals as a registrar to commence training in psychiatry. Two years later he joined the academic department of psychiatry at the Middlesex as a senior registrar.

In 1971 he was appointed a consultant psychotherapist to the Friern, Halliwick and Whittington hospitals. The following year he also became attached to the Westminster teaching hospital group, and, in 1974, joined the staff of St Mary’s. Six years later he returned to the Maudsley.

He was strongly committed to the development of psychotherapy, both at the Maudsley and across the UK generally. Working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, he kept up a strict surveillance of the numbers of psychotherapists employed by the NHS to ensure that numbers did not fall. Heavily involved in the training of junior psychiatrists in the UK, he also spent time instructing young Danish therapists.

The author of many scientific papers on topics such as technical issues in psychoanalysis, and broader issues such as the relationship between psychotherapy, play and theatre, he also published a seminal textbook. Introduction to psychotherapy (London, Tavistock,1979), which he co-wrote with Dennis Brown, was the first of its kind.

A keen skier, tennis player and ocean going yachtsman before he developed Parkinson's disease, he continued to enjoy the theatre and visiting art galleries. In 1966 he married Susan Elizabeth (Sue), who was a senior lecturer in a further education college. She survived him, together with their two daughters, son and five grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2010 340 3345]

(Volume XII, page web)

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