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Harold Walter Henry Shepperd

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 09 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h152
  1. Alan G Kerr

Harold Walter Henry Shepperd, a former head prefect of Campbell College, Belfast, set his sights on a surgical career while still a houseman. Having passed his primary FRCS, he went straight into otolaryngology, doing his training in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, and the Middlesex Hospital. Initially appointed in 1959 to a consultant post in four hospitals close to Belfast, he was appointed to the Royal Victoria Hospital and Lagan Valley Hospital, Lisburn, in 1966 and gave an excellent service to these hospitals until he retired in 1989. His special interest was in head and neck surgery, and his special characteristic was his care for his patients and colleagues. He was very supportive of his patients and always had time for them, regardless of other pressures. He was also very encouraging and understanding of all he worked with and continued to follow with interest the careers of all his former trainees.

He was active in the specialty becoming secretary, and later president (1985/6), of the section of laryngology in the Royal Society of Medicine, president of the Irish Otolaryngological Society, and a member of the court of examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Outside medicine he was an active member of the Royal Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of surgeon commander and senior reserve officer on HMS Caroline.

He leaves his wife, June; five stepchildren; and three children by a former marriage.


Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h152


  • Former consultant otolaryngologist Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast (b 1924; q Queen’s University Belfast 1947; DLO, FRCS Eng), d 20 November 2013.

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