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David Gwyn Seymour

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 10 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5176
  1. Ruth Seymour

David Gwyn Seymour (“Gwyn”) was born in Ynysybwl near Pontypridd in south Wales and qualified from Birmingham University in 1973. After rapid acquisition of his MRCP (UK) in 1975, he entered the registrar level of rotational training at the Canadian University of Western Ontario (1975-77). He then obtained a senior registrar post in the department of geriatric medicine in Dundee (1977-82) followed by a senior lectureship in medicine for the elderly in Cardiff (1982-1994). He took up the chair of medicine for the elderly in Aberdeen in 1994 and retired in 2009. Although his CV is straightforward, the man who made this journey was, in his quiet, self effacing way, a trail-blazer. This obituary pays homage to just three of the stops along the way and finishes with a recognition of one of his lasting legacies to all of us.


Ynysybwl is a mining village in the south Wales coalfield, and Gwyn, the only child of loving, supportive parents—Mair and Haydn Seymour—came from three generations of men in the mining industry. He was immensely proud of …

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