Among deceased past members of the UK Kidney Association are the leading nephrologists of their eras, as well as other ‘unsung heroes’ who played key roles in establishing nephrology in their own regions and institutions.

We honour them here and provide as much information as we can about their roles and achievements. As well as deceased past UKKA members we also include others from the UK and abroad, who were never UKKA members, but who made distinguished contributions to the development of nephrology in the UK. This resource is curated by John Feehally (UKKA Archivist), Joyce Popoola (UKKA Deputy-Archivist), Stewart Cameron, and Chris Winearls. Where a full obituary is not available, we provide a brief note outlining the individual’s key contributions.

If there is anyone on this list with no obituary posted, and you would be interested to write a piece; or if you have photographs or missing information which you would like to be posted; or if you think there are others whose names should be included here, please contact John Feehally


Last Name Name Life Span
Aber Geoffrey Michael Aber 19 February 1928 – 15 March 2014
Arneil Gavin Cranston Arneil 7 March 1923 - January 21 2018
Asscher Adolf William (Sir) Asscher 20 March 1931 - 20 July 2014
Bailey Ross Raymond Bailey 30 August 1941 – 02 April 1997
Barratt Martin Barratt 13 February 1936 – 17 January 2014
Barrington Frederick James Fitzmaurice Barrington 1884 – 1956
Berlyne Geoffrey Merton Berlyne 10 May 1931 – 18 May 2007
Black Douglas Andrew Kilgour Black 28 May 1913 – 12 September 2002
Blainey John Denys Blainey 21 March 1920 – 22 December 2005
Bradley Stanley E Bradley 1913- 1999
Brewer Douglas B. Brewer 05 August 1919 – 20 December 2016
Bull Graham Macgregor Bull 31 May 1918 – 11 February 1987
Byrom Frank Burnet Byrom 02 February 1902 – 10 February 1976
Bywaters Eric George Lapthorne Bywaters 06 January 1910 – 04 February 2003
Cameron John Stewart Cameron 05 July 1934- 30 July 2023
Cassidy Michael John Dolman Cassidy 04 May 1951 – 11 January 2009
Cattell William Ross Cattell 25 March 1928 - 11 April 2020
Chambers (Chapman) Catherine Louise Chambers (Chapman) 14 July 1973 – 14 July 2007
Cohen Geoffrey Frith Cohen b. 17 October 1931 d. 18th October 2021
Counahan Desmond Raphael Counahan 04 January 1946 – 03 August 1996
Cove-Smith John Rodney Cove-Smith 01 February 1943 – 02 March 2004
Darmady Edward Michael Darmady 03 October 1906 – 09 February 1989
Dathan John Rodney Ellis Dathan 9 October 1940 - 20 July 2015
de Wardener Hugh de Wardener 09 August 1915 – 28 September 2013
Dempster William J Dempster 1918 – 2008
Dent Charles Enrique Dent 08 January 1911 – 08 July 1976
Dorhout Mees Evert Joost Dorhout Mees 1925 – 2016
Dundon Sheamus (Jim) Dundon 1919 – 2017
Eales Lennox Eales 04 April 1918 – 05 January 1990
Eggleton (Marion) Grace Eggleton 1905 – 1970
Elliott Robert Walter Elliott 1929 – 2012
Evans David Bernard Evans 31 March 1932 – 01 July 1997
Finn Ronald Finn 06 December 1930 – 04 September 2004
Floyer Michael Antony Floyer 03 April 1920 – 01 July 2000
Franklin Kenneth James Franklin 11 January 1897 – 04 August 1966
George Charles Raymond Pax George 26 Nov 1940 - 5 Oct 2019
Glasgow Eric Ferguson Glasgow 1931 – 2001
Goggin Michael James Goggin 09 April 1934 - 15 November 2018
Goodwin Frank John Goodwin 02 February 1938 – 08 May 1987
Hardwicke John Hardwicke 05 March 1920 – 30 September 1999
Haycock George Burdett Haycock 05 June 1940 – 10 April 2012
Heptinstall Robert Hodgson Heptinstall 1920-2021
Hodson Cecil John Charles Guy Hodson 11 August 1915 – 12 January 1985
Hoffbrand Barry Ian Hoffbrand b. March 1934 d. 24 April 2020
Innes Williams David Innes Williams 06 December 1919 – 2013
Jackson Ralph Coburn Jackson 05 October 1914 – 11 January 1992
Joekes A. Mark ‘Jo’ Joekes
Jones Norman Fielding Jones 1931-2021
Junor Brian James Ross Junor 1946 – 2019
Kark Robert Manoah Kark 07 May 1911 – 09 December 2002
Kennedy Arthur Colville Kennedy 1922 – 11 June 2009
Kerr David NS Kerr 12 March 1927 – 2014
Lambie Anne Lambie 1928 - 2023
Leather Hugh Moffat Leather 07 June 1925 – 10 April 2012
Ledingham John Gerard Garvin Ledingham 19 October 1929 - 13 June 2023
Levinsky Roland Jacob Levinsky 09 April 1943 – 01 January 2007
Linton Adam Linton 1932 – 1994
Little Peter John Little 15 November 1930 – 19 May 2011
Lockwood Christopher Martin Lockwood 12 February 1945 – 08 July 1999
Loughridge Lavinia Winifred Loughridge 04 August 1930 – 02 October 2014
Lowe Kenneth Gordon Lowe 28 May 1917 – 12 August 2010
Macanovic Momir Macanovic 01 February 1938 – 04 November 2007
Macdonald Mary K Macdonald 03 February 1923 – 03 December 2014
Macdougall Alastair Iain Macdougall 1927 – 24 August 2018
Maizels Montague Maizels 08 June 1899 – 01 October 1976
Mansell Martin Mansell 28 September 1948 - 24 April 2020
Marsh Francis Patrick Marsh 15 April 1936 - 16 January 2011
McCance Robert Alexander McCance 09 December 1898 – 05 March 1993
McEvoy Joseph McEvoy 1936 – 2011
McGeown Mary Graham McGeown 18 July 1923 – 21 November 2004
Milne Malcolm Davenport Milne 04 October 1915 – 04 March 1991
Nash Denis Ellison Nash 1913 – 2000
Newman David Newman 1959 – 2003
Oleesky Samuel Oleesky 07 May 1921 – 20 November 2013
Oliver Desmond Oswald Oliver 25 October 1930 – 24 October 1997
Onwubalili James Kenechukwu Onwubalili 24 April 1947 - 4 May 2017
Osman Arthur Arnold Osman 23 May 1893 – 25 April 1972
O’Donoghue Donal Joseph O’Donoghue 15 August 1956 - 3 January 2021
Parsons Frank Maudsley Parsons 1918-1989
Parsons Victor Parsons 16 December 1929 – 21 October 1995
Payne Wilfrid Walter Payne 25 March 1894 – 28 December 1978
Peart William Stanley Peart 31 March 1922 - 14 March 2019
Petrie James Colquhoun Petrie 07 September 1941 – 30 August 2001
Pickford Lilian Mary Pickford 1902 – 2002
Plange-Rhule Jacob Plange-Rhule 27 July 1957 - 10 April 2020
Platt Robert Platt 15 April 1900 – 29 June 1978
Platts Margaret Machon Platts 7 January 1924 – 29 September 2017
Porter Kendrick Arthur Porter 21 March 1925 – 12 April 2013
Preston Emma Chevallier Preston 1971 – 2009
Pryor Jack Sydney Pryor 03 July 1933 – 21 December 1988
Pyrah Leslie Norman Pyrah 1899 – 1995
Pyrah Leslie Norman Pyrah 1899 – 1995
Qasim Faieza Qasim 6 December 1961 - 2 December 2020
Raine Anthony Evan Gerald Raine 20 July 1949 – 13 October 1995
Ralston Anthony James Ralston 27 April 1932 - 17 October 2018
Rees Lesley Rees b. Hertfordshire 10 May 1951, d. London 23 May 2022
Reid Ronald Reid 1900 – 1965
Rennie John Basil Rennie 22 July 1904 – 27 November 1996
Richet Gabriel Richet 26 December 1916 - 10 October 2014
Robinson Brian Hugh Bartlett Robinson 09 February 1930 – 22 October 2012
Robson James Scott Robson 1921 – 2010
Rosenheim Max Leonard Rosenheim 05 March 1908 – 02 December 1972
Ross John Hugh Ross 1920 – 2016
Scribner Belding H. Scribner 18 January 1921 – 18 June 2003
Sevitt Lewis Howard Sevitt 03 June 1938 – 29 November 2015
Shackman Ralph Shackman 29 March 1910 - June 1981
Shaldon Stanley Shaldon 06 November 1931 – 20 December 2013
Smellie Jean McIldowie Smellie 14 May 1927 - 14 September 2020
Sophian(opoulos) John Sophian(opoulos) 1898 – 1976
Squire John Rupert Squire 19 August 1915 – 06 January 1966
Stanbury Sydney William Stanbury 20 April 1919 – 29 February 1996
Stevens Marion Elizabeth Stevens 07 August 1948 – 15 April 1995
Stewart William Kinnear Stewart 28 April 1926 – 23 February 2014
Sutton Roger Adrian Livingston Sutton 17 April 1937 – 09 September 2014
Tuckwell Edward Tuckwell 1910 – 1988
Turnberg Daniel Turnberg 20 February 1970 – 15 June 2007
Uldall Peter Robert Uldall 12 March 1935 – 23 June 1995
Walls John Walls 25 December 1939 – 01 March 2001
Wardle Edwin Nigel Wardle
Wemyss-Smith Frank Wemyss-Smith 1912 – 1990
White Richard Henry Reeve White 1926-2020
Wing Antony John Wing 01 May 1933 – 13 January 2012
Winsbury-White Horace Powell Winsbury-White 1889 – 1963
Winterborn Michael Hugh Winterborn 02 June 1939 – 19 May 1993
Winton Frank R Winton 1894 – 1985
Wolstenholme Gordon Ethelbert Ward Wolstenholme 27 May 1913 – 28 May 2004
Wrong Oliver Wrong 07 February 1925 – 24 February 2012


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BA (Cantab) 1955, MA (Cantab) 1958, MB BS (Lond) 1958, BSc, FRCP 1977

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Charles George, physician, nephrologist and medical historian, was born on 26 November 1940...

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