Lives of the fellows

John Richard Harper

b.1 May 1932 d.11 September 2015
BM BCh Oxon(1958) DCH(1961) MRCP(1964) FRCP(1975)

John Richard Harper was a consultant paediatrician at Northampton General Hospital. He was born in Barnstaple, Devon, the son of Richard Michael Joseph Harper, a consultant physician, and Margery Harper née Elkington. He was descendent of William Budd of Bristol, author of a monograph on typhoid fever, and Richard Budd, a physician in Barnstaple [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IV, p.133], and the nephew of John St Clair Elkington [Munk’s Roll, Vol.V, p.116], a neurologist in London.

Harper was educated at St Peter’s School, Seaford, Sussex and Marlborough College and then went on to Exeter College, Oxford and St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School. He qualified in 1958. He gained his diploma in child health in 1961.

He held resident posts at St Thomas’ from 1958 to 1960, and then became a medical officer in the Royal Air Force for five years. In 1966 he was a house officer at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. From 1966 to 1968 he was a senior registrar in the Birmingham region. He was then appointed to his consultant post in Northampton.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed trout fishing, photography, squash and cricket. In 1960, he married Anne Pinborg, the daughter of a merchant in Copenhagen, Denmark. They had a son and four daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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