Bruce Eton

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:779
  1. Rachel Ellis

    Bruce Eton was born Bruno Einhorn on 16 January 1914 in Berlin. He left Germany in 1933, when the Nazis came to power, and came to England via Switzerland and Italy, where local legislation had thwarted his attempts to qualify. With the help of the Church Stretton Refugee Committee he was admitted to Manchester University Medical School. After brief internment in 1940 and service in the Pioneer Corps, he finally qualified in 1943 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1944. On the advice of the War Office, he changed his name to Bruce Eton before serving in mainland Europe. On demobilisation in 1946 he trained as an obstetrician with Alistair Gunn in Bromley and obtained his MRCOG. In 1952 he became senior registrar at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. He took up a consultant position in Hastings in 1961, where he worked until he retired in 1979. He was awarded the Hastings Order of 1066 in 2002 and the MBE in 2004. In retirement he worked for the local Blind Association and sang with Opera South East. He died on 28 October 2007, aged 93. He leaves a wife, Ilse; two children; and three grandchildren.


    • Former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Hastings Hospitals Group (b 1914; q Manchester 1943; MBE, FRCOG, MD), d 28 October 2007.

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