Lives of the fellows

John Richard Moore

b.24 June 1937 d.23 June 2013
BSc Birm(1958) MB ChB(1961) DCH(1965) MRCP(1967) FRCP(1980) FRCPCH

John Moore was a consultant paediatrician in Leicester. He was born in Wolverhampton, the son of Herbert Moore, a dental surgeon. His family was strongly Methodist, which undoubtedly influenced his work ethic, personal integrity and choice of caring profession.

Qualifying from Birmingham University Medical School in 1961, he acquired his special interest in children’s disability early in his paediatric training in Birmingham, and pursued this for four years as a consultant at Sutton Coldfield Hospital.

He then moved to Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1976, shortly after the inauguration of the Leicester University Medical School. He wanted to be more involved in the teaching and training of undergraduates and young doctors. With his specialist team he established a busy, highly organised and respected child development centre caring for the majority of children with severe and multiple disabilities in Leicestershire, until moving into a community consultant paediatric post in 1990, where he used his great experience, empathy and communication skills in the community environment.

John retained a lasting interest in developmental paediatrics and care in Africa following his first visit to Uganda in 1980. After his retirement in 1997 he helped to establish the successful Leicester-Gondar (Ethiopia) medical link (academic, educational and practical) and steered it to charitable status.

John was a highly respected, totally reliable, supportive and dedicated colleague. He was active in many fields: he was a Methodist local preacher, a fundraiser for various charities and was heavily involved in the development of the Rainbows Children’s Hospice based in Loughborough.

He died from multiple myeloma and was survived by his wife Helen (née Lockwood), their son and two daughters, and seven grandchildren.

Peter G F Swift

(Volume XII, page web)

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