Lives of the fellows

Gordon Terry

b.22 December 1942 d.9 February 2012
MB BS Durham(1966) MRCP(1970) FRCP(1982) FRCP Edin(1985)

Gordon Terry was a consultant physician in Durham. Born in Sedgefield, County Durham, he was the son of Thomas Dixon Terry, a civil servant. After attending Spennymoor Grammar School, the alma mater of many distinguished Newcastle doctors, he studied medicine at Durham University and the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Qualifying in 1966, he did house jobs at the Sunderland General Hospital for a year, before moving to Scotland to continue his training at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy in 1968. After spending a year in Edinburgh at the Royal Infirmary, he then became a registrar at Bangour Hospital in West Lothian for two years, leaving in 1971 to spend two years at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Appointed a senior registrar to the Newcastle hospitals in 1973, he came under the influence of the cardiologist, Hewan Dewar [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XII, web]. He moved to the South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields as a consultant physician in 1976 and, three years later, he joined the staff of the Dryburn Hospital in Durham, working with one of the first cardiologist’s in the area, Bob Mowbray [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VIII, p.351]. Here he took a leading role in the development of cardiology in the area, particularly in non-invasive cardiac investigation which had previously not taken place outside Newcastle.

He was the author of several scientific papers on various aspects of myocardial infarction and echocardiography. Founder member of the Northern Cardiology Group, he brought together many distinguished practitioners from the region and the group instigated some excellent meetings to share expertise. For a time he was chairman of the Durham branch of the British Diabetic Association and, after his official retirement he spent a couple of years as a locum at Bishop Auckland General Hospital enjoying the atmosphere of a small hospital.

When he was a student he was a keen rower and represented the medical school and rowed in the Northumberland County VIII. He continued throughout his life and also qualified as an umpire. A keen mountaineer, he was a member of the Cairngorm Club and had climbed many of the Scottish peaks. He also made his own telescopes and was interested in the industrial archaeology of County Durham.

In 1967 he married Elizabeth Dorothy (‘Dorothy’) née Fairley, whose father, Benjamin, was a work study estimator. They met at the Royal Victoria Infirmary where she was a nurse. When he died, quite quickly after cancer was diagnosed, she survived him together with their children, Emma, Jonathan and Callum, and grandchildren, Will, Anna, Jack and Eleanor.

RCP editor

[Royal College of Physcians of Edinburgh www.rcpe.ac.uk/obituary/dr-gordon-terry-frcp-edin; The Northern Echo www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/announcements/deaths/deaths/9529005.Doctor_Gordon_Terry/ - both accessed 6 October 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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