Josephine Kenna

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 12 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5688
  1. Phil Kenna

Josephine Corry (“Jo”) was born and schooled in Liverpool, where she also went to medical school and met Phil Kenna, a fellow student whom she married in 1963. After house jobs, she was the registrar in charge of the accident and emergency department at the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital for two years, but withdrew from clinical practice in 1965 to take care of her young family.

Once the children were older, she resumed work as a school doctor in Northumberland, the family having settled in Newcastle after her husband’s appointment as a consultant there. Jo looked after several pyramids of schools in Northumberland but had a particular commitment to the Priory School in Hexham, a special school for mentally handicapped children.

The couple retired in 1997, enjoying time with their family, music, and country walking. In 2004, Jo was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which she endured with great courage and dignity. She died of its complications, leaving her husband, three children, and six grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5688


  • Former clinical medical officer Northumberland (b 1937; q Liverpool 1961), d 14 May 2012.

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