Thomas Bryce Dunn

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a862
  1. John Armstrong

    After qualifying in 1942, Thomas Bryce Dunn (“Tom”) undertook a six month junior post, after which he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was initially on a field ambulance, later a field dressing station, in France from D Day + 1. After the campaign he was posted to Turkey as the only medical practitioner for the embassy in Istanbul. He was demobilised in November 1946.

    Following his return to civilian medical life, he took a post as casualty officer at the Metropolitan Hospital, London, from where he obtained his MRCP. In 1950 he moved to King George Hospital, Ilford, as a senior registrar, and in 1956 he was appointed consultant geriatrician to the then Ilford and District Hospital Management Committee with duties predominantly at Chadwell Heath Hospital but with involvement at Dagenham, Barking, and Goodmayes Hospitals.

    Initially he worked as a singlehanded consultant, but in 1969 he developed a major interest in the psychiatry of old age and in conjunction with Tom Arie founded a “joint unit,” which proved very successful, giving rise to much general interest and leading to an article in the Lancet.

    Tom was also heavily involved in medical administration. He was chairman of the senior staff committee and later became the medical member of the first district management team for East Roding Health District. He was involved with both area and regional health authorities and was clearly most influential. In 1997 Tom was awarded the Jubilee Medal of the British Geriatric Society. He retired in 1984, primarily because of the illness of his wife, Alice, who died in 1985. They had two sons and two daughters, and at the time of his death he had 10 grandchildren. In 1988 he married Kathleen Hall, continuing to live in the Loughton area. Kathleen also died at a relatively early age in 2000.

    Running alongside his medical career was the interest he maintained as a non-executive director of the book binding business which his father had founded. He was also a dedicated father, a keen gardener, a lifelong golfer, an enthusiastic rotarian, a great host, and an inveterate traveller.

    He will be much missed by his many friends and family.


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    • Former consultant geriatrician King George Hospital, Ilford, Essex, with other hospitals (b 4 February 1920; q Edinburgh 1942; MRCP 1949, FRCP 1971), d 17 January 2008.

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