b.18 November 1960 d.10 July 2010
MB BCh BAO NUI(1984) MRCP(1988) PhD Manch(1993) FRCP(2003)
Joseph Aloysius Prendiville was a consultant oncologist at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Centre, London. Born in Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland, he was the son of William (‘Dr Billy’), a GP and his wife Eileen. Educated at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare, he studied medicine at University College Dublin. Qualifying in 1984, he did house jobs in oncology and haematology at the Mater Hospital in Dublin for three years before moving to Manchester as cancer research campaign fellow and registrar in medical oncology at the Christie Hospital.
In 1993 he completed his PhD on bryostatin1 – a key compound in the fight against cancer – and moved to London as senior registrar at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Four years later, he was appointed a consultant oncologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. While there he was particularly involved in cancer research, patient care and teaching. Colleagues greatly appreciated his generosity with his time – he was always prepared to share his knowledge and experience. Many patients also acknowledged his caring nature and the comfort and trust they felt in being treated by him.
He had a huge appetite for life and, an avid reader, he took a great interest in history, politics, religion, art, literature, architecture and music. Many of these interests came together when he took visiting friends and family on walking tours of London, recounting the history of the various buildings. One of his favourites was the Brompton Oratory in Kensington. An accomplished sportsman in his youth, he attended the gym to keep up his fitness. He was also a keen photographer.
He was survived by his father (his mother predeceased him) and his brothers and sisters, Billy, Michael, Catherine, Elaine and Sharon.
[The Kerryman www.independent.ie/regionals/kerryman/news/a-brilliant-man-with-a-huge-appetite-for-life-27398150.html - accessed 27 May 2015]
(Volume XII, page web)
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