Gillian GandyBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3106 (Published 02 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3106
- Colin Morley,
- Jane Cursiter
Gillian Gandy (“Jill”) was one of the early pioneers of neonatal intensive care in the UK. She dedicated her life to the sick babies of Cambridge in a way few could do today.
Born in Peppard on 14 November 1928, she grew up in Shropshire. Jill came from an eminent family, being a direct descendent of Joseph Gandy, the architectural visionary, and Selina Byam, painted with her family by Gainsborough. Her mother, Ida Gandy, was a writer, and her father was a GP. Her eldest brother, Christopher, a diplomat, was a collector of fine Islamic art and English water colours, which he bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum. Her middle brother, Robin, a mathematical logician, was a PhD student and close friend of Alan Turing.
Jill was sent away to school at the age of 6, a shock from which she never really recovered. She trained at the Royal Free Hospital between 1946 and 1953, followed by four years’ training in London; a year in Hamilton, Ontario; and five years in New York at the Babies Hospital, …