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Biographical entry Young, Terence Willifer (1931 - 2003)

MRCS and FRCS 1963; MA MB BChir Cambridge 1956 ; LRCP 1963.

22 May 2003
General surgeon


Terence Young was a consultant surgeon in the Peterborough area. He was born in India in 1931, where his father was a missionary surgeon, but grew up in north Wales. As a boy he started hill walking, encouraged first by his father and later by the headmaster’s secretary at his school, Rydal in Colwyn Bay, who started a hill walking club. From Rydal, Terence went to Clare College, Cambridge, and the London Hospital.

After qualifying, he did his National Service in the RAMC for three years, volunteering for parachute training and spending much of his time in 23 Parafield Ambulance. He continued his link with the Army while he was based near to London, as medical officer to the 10th Territorial Battalion.

He held house officer posts at the London Hospital and was then a surgical registrar at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, and subsequently at the Royal Free. In 1969, he was appointed consultant surgeon to the Peterborough district, and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals. He specialised in peripheral vascular surgery, but wrote papers on a variety of topics, including gangrene, ulcerative disorders and bladder distention. He retired in 1993.

He was a keen climber and long distance runner, completing the London Marathon six times. He was instrumental in building a climbing wall in the sports complex in Peterborough, where he became president of the mountaineering club. He married Eizabeth Knight, a general practitioner. They had two daughters and a granddaughter. He died on 22 May 2003 from a very aggressive mesothelioma.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2003 327 566, with portrait.].

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