Lives of the fellows

Paul Henry Denton

b.9 February 1915 d.4 October 2008
MB BS Lond(1937) LMSSA(1937) MD(1940) MRCP(1941) FRCP(1968)

Paul Henry Denton was a consultant physician in the Oxford area. Born in London, he was the son of Arthur Henry Denton, a civil servant, and his wife, Eleanor née Harvey, whose father, Arthur William, was a goldsmith. Educated at Enfield Grammar School, he also attended secondary schools in Dieppe (the Lycée Jehan Ango), and Germany. After studying medicine at London University and Guy’s Hospital (by means of an entrance scholarship in arts), he qualified in 1937.

He did house jobs at the Putney Hospital in 1937, then at Guy’s and the West London in 1938, followed by two years at the London Chest Hospital. In 1940 he enlisted in the RAF and served as a medical specialist from 1941 to 1946.

When he was demobilised he joined the staff of the Cardiff Royal Infirmary as a senior medical registrar and stayed there until 1949, when he was appointed consultant physician to the Oxford Regional Health Board. On his retirement he became chief medical officer to Hambro Life Assurance and honorary physician to the Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon.

At London University and Guy’s he achieved his fencing colours and was university sabre champion in 1936. He won his athletic colours at Guy’s. Passionate about music, he played the guitar and enjoyed painting and the study of modern languages. He also bred tumbler pigeons, which are a specific variety that fly normally but ‘tumble’ or somersault backwards every so often during flight.

In 1941 he married Edith née Sander, whose father, Hermann, was a master tailor. They had six children and Edith is thought to have predeceased him.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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