Colin WessonBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3577 (Published 07 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3577
- John Wesson
Born in Finchley, north London, and educated at Mill Hill School, Colin Wesson attended the Royal Dental Hospital, London, where he won a prize in local anaesthesia. He qualified BDS in 1958, engaged in general dental practice in 1958-9, and then continued his studies at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. He gained the Sir William Broadbent prize in cardiology. Having been awarded his fellowship in dental surgery in 1967, he worked as a senior registrar at King’s College Hospital and the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, until his appointment as consultant at Luton Hospitals and the Mid-Herts group of hospitals in 1971. He remained there until a diagnosis of prostate cancer prompted a slightly early retirement in 1999.
Colin was passionate about his work, and his skill and attention to detail were greatly appreciated by his patients in Luton and Dunstable and Welwyn Garden City Hospitals. Despite his imposing physical frame he had a gentleness and kindness that were apparent to colleagues, students, and patients alike.
Outside medicine he took an enthusiastic and active role in his local Anglican church in Berkhamsted. His Christian faith was a foundational part of his life and character, and, together with the love and support of his wife and children, was a great source of comfort and strength to him in his final years of increased dependency and limitation.
Following his retirement, Colin moved to Devon and was able to write up some long term research on the outcome of molar apicectomy. This was published in the British Dental Journal in 2003.
As the cancer progressed he spent his last 12 months bedridden in a nursing home. He leaves behind his wife, Louise; his children, David and Sarah; and his three granddaughters, Lily, Eva, and Grace.
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Former oral and maxillofacial surgeon Luton and Dunstable Hospitals, Welwyn Garden City Hospital (b 1935; q London 1964; MRCS, LRCP), d 26 September 2011.