Gordon Anthony Wells SharrardBMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1623 (Published 24 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1623
- Helen Sharrard
Gordon Anthony Wells Sharrard was from a medical family and spent his preclinical years at Christchurch College, Oxford. His clinical years were at University College London, where he met his future wife, Margaret, who was a midwife. He started his career training in ear, nose, and throat medicine, with posts in Guildford, Nottingham, at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in London, and later at Cumberland Royal Infirmary in Carlisle. In 1967 he moved to Manchester University to take up a senior research associate post in audiology, looking at EEG evoked responses of deaf children. In 1973 he was awarded a doctorate in medicine for his thesis on evoked response audiometry, which contributed to the development of cochlear implants. He then became a GP in the Manchester area and worked briefly in Clayton and Longsight, followed by five years in Hattersley. He was also an emergency doctor in the area and a medical officer in audiology in Tameside’ After retiring in 1983, he became features editor of the journal Manchester Medicine and was a regular contributor to the Society of Medical Writers. However, Gordon’s main lifelong passion was music, and he was artistic director of his own opera company in Manchester, producing 27 operas. He was very active into his late 80s, playing his cello in several orchestras; singing in choirs; and enjoying chess, bridge, history, and archaeology.
He leaves Margaret, his wife of 64 years; two of his three children; and seven grandchildren.
General practitioner and medical officer, audiology services, Manchester area (b 1928; q Oxford 1954; MA, DM Oxf, DLO Eng), died from bronchopneumonia after a cerebrovascular accident on 27 October 2017