b.15 August 1938 d.8 August 2014
MB BS Ceylon(1964) MRCP(1973) FRCP(1988)
Murugasu Suntharalingam (known as ‘Sunny Lingam’) was a consultant physician in geriatric medicine at Worthing and Southlands hospitals, West Sussex. He was born in Malaysia, the son of Visuvanathar Murugasu, a station master, and Valliamma Murugasu, a housewife. At the age of seven his family moved to Ceylon, where he spent the rest of his childhood. He was educated at St Patrick’s College and Jaffna Hindu College, and then studied medicine at the University of Colombo. He qualified MB BS in 1964.
After junior posts in Ceylon, he went to the UK in 1970. He was a senior house officer and then a registrar in geriatric medicine at West Middlesex Hospital, and subsequently became a senior registrar at Ipswich Hospital.
In 1977 he was appointed to his consultant post at Worthing. Here he transformed the department, cutting waiting lists and creating a progressive service which gave patients the best chance of recovery. He retired in 2003.
Outside medicine he was interested in photography, gardening and reading.
In 1966 he married Jeyadevi (‘Devi’). They had two sons, Ganesh and Jay, a daughter, Silaja, and two grandchildren, Marcus and Jasmine.
[BMJ 2014 349 5747 www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g5747 – accessed 23 December 2016; Shoreham Herald 14 August 2014 www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/cheerful-doctor-was-revolutionary-in-care-1-6235645 – accessed 23 December 2016]
(Volume XII, page web)
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