Geoffrey Aber was the first Head and subsequently Dean of Postgraduate Medicine at Keele University, a department he was instrumental in creating; and also a nephrologist responsible for setting up one of the first dialysis units in the UK in the...
Among deceased past members of the Renal 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 RA members we also include others from the UK and abroad, who were never RA members, but who made distinguished contributions to the development of nephrology in the UK. This resource is curated by John Feehally (RA Archivist), Joyce Popoola (RA 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Leather||Hugh Moffat Leather||07 June 1925 – 10 April 2012|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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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