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Biographical entry Ogg, Archibald John (1921 - 2005)

MRCS and FRCS 1954; BM BChir Oxford 1946.

19 November 1921
Oxford, UK
19 February 2005
Ophthalmic surgeon


John Ogg was a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Salisbury Infirmary and Odstock Hospital, Wiltshire. He was born on 19 November 1921 in Oxford, where his father, David Ogg, was the Regius professor of history. He went to the London Hospital for his clinical studies. After house jobs at the London he completed his National Service in the RNVR and returned to specialise in ophthalmology, training in Oxford and at Moorfields. There, as a senior registrar, he met and married Doreen, then a theatre sister.

He first went to Salisbury as a locum, his predecessor having died suddenly. He was appointed to the definitive post in the same year. For most of his time in Salisbury he was single-handed and served a very large catchment area.

He had many interests: he was a keen radio ham, a member of the Magic Circle, and a skilled cabinet maker who designed and made miniature dolls’ houses and automata. His scale model of Salisbury Cathedral is to be seen in the cathedral to this day. In retirement he became a skilled painter.

John and Doreen bought a near derelict croft on the Hebridean island of Coll in the 1960s, which formed the focus of many family holidays and was the subject of his book House in the Hebrides (Salisbury, Cowrie Press, 2004). He died on 19 February 2005 from pneumonia following a small stroke. He is survived by Doreen and four children.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2005 330 968, with portrait.].

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