b.5 May 1916 d.12 January 2015
MRCS LRCP(1939) MB BS Lond(1939) MRCP(1940) MD(1941) DCH(1944) FRCP(1964)
Peter Graham Todd was a consultant physician at the Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton General Hospital and Hythe Hospital. He was born in London, the son of Alan Herapath Todd, an orthopaedic surgeon and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. There was a strong medical tradition in the family and Todd’s brother, Ian Pelham Todd, went on to become a colorectal surgeon and president of the Royal College of Surgeons. Their mother was Alice Constance Payne Todd née Edwards. Todd was educated at Norman Court Preparatory School and Sherborne, and went on to St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School. He qualified in 1939, gaining honours in surgery and pathology.
In 1938 he was a house surgeon at Peterborough Memorial Hospital, and then, in 1939, became a house physician at St Thomas’ Hospital. From 1940 to 1946 he served as a medical specialist with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, becoming a wing commander, stationed in the UK, Reykjavik and Karachi. He was mentioned in despatches.
Following his demobilisation, he was a registrar at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. He was subsequently appointed to his consultant post in Southampton.
He was a member of the health committee of Southampton Borough Council from 1950 to 1961 and of the Southampton hospital management committee from 1948 to 1964. He was a member of Southampton Medical Society and of the scientific section of the British Diabetes Society.
Outside medicine he was interested in woodwork and gardening.
In 1940 he married June Suzanne English, the daughter of a surgeon. They had four children (Maureen, Dudley, Posie and Gregory), ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
[The Royal College of Surgeons. Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows. http://livesonline.rcseng.ac.uk/biogs/E005418b.htm; http://livesonline.rcseng.ac.uk/biogs/E007235b.htm – accessed 27 July 2016]
(Volume XII, page web)
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