Lives of the fellows

John Donnellan

b.26 December 1917 d.7 March 2014
MB ChB Liverp(1941) MD(1956) FRCP(1973)

John Donnellan was a consultant physician in Southport. He was born in St Helens, Lancashire, at the end of the First World War. His father, John Donnellan, was a general practitioner; his mother, Kathleen Donnellan née O’Connor, was the daughter of a farmer. He was educated at Mount St Mary’s College, Derbyshire, and studied medicine at Liverpool University. He qualified in 1941 with distinctions in public health, pharmacology and paediatrics, and with gold medals in medicine and surgery.

He was a house physician and house surgeon at the Royal Southern Hospital, Liverpool, and then, in August 1942, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served until April 1946, mainly as a regimental medical officer in North Africa, Egypt, India, Burma, China and Palestine. For a while he was with the Chindits, a British Indian Special Force who were active in the Burma Campaign.

Following his demobilisation, he was a house physician and a registrar in medicine at Bootle General Hospital. He was then a senior medical registrar at Liverpool Stanley Hospital from September 1948 to September 1950, and at the Northern Hospital from 1950 to 1952. He was subsequently a medical registrar at Ormskirk County Hospital from October 1952 to June 1957.

In July 1957, he was appointed as a consultant physician to the Salford Hospital Group. In 1965 he moved to Southport.

Outside medicine, he was interested in the history of Lancashire, gardening and 18th century music.

In 1955 he married Theresa Mary Lennon. He had two daughters, Jacqueline and Catherine, and three grandchildren – Tom, Katie and Fintan.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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