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Edward Shotter: dean emeritus of Rochester, who founded the Journal of Medical Ethics

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 03 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5339
  1. Rebecca Wallersteiner
  1. London, UK
  1. wallersteiner{at}
Photo credit: Emma Dalzel-Job

Edward Shotter, dean emeritus of Rochester, founded the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Institute of Medical Ethics, and the London Medical Group. He was born in Grimsby, to Frank Shotter (a businessman) and Minnetta (a housewife). His early education was disrupted by the wartime bombing of Lincolnshire, and he moved school several times; according to his widow, Jane, this “perhaps sowed seeds of his later adaptability and imperturbability.” Later he attended Humberstone Foundation School in Cleethorpes, north east Lincolnshire, where he developed an interest in domestic architecture.

He went on to study at the Durham University School of Architecture, and the subject remained an interest all his life. Sensing a religious vocation and encouraged by the Reverend Gervase Markham, vicar of Grimsby, Shotter moved on to St David’s College, Lampeter, to read for a BA in theology before training for ordination at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.

After his ordination in 1960, Shotter served his first curacy at St Peter’s in Plymouth, but was soon recruited by the Student Christian Movement (SCM), as one of the London intercollegiate secretaries. His work with the London medical deaneries led to his founding of the London Medical Group (LMG) in 1963, and he was its director of studies for 26 years, bringing untiring energy to the role.

In 1978 he married Jane Edgcumbe and became a devoted husband and loving father.

Student Christian Movement

Shotter’s close friend, Kenneth Boyd, professor emeritus …

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