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Biographical entry Nixon, John Moylett Gerrard (1913 - 2005)

MRCS and FRCS 1948; MB BCh BAO Dublin 1937; DOMS Eng 1946; LRCP 1948.

18 October 1913
London, UK
8 April 2005


John Nixon was a consultant ophthalmologist in Dorset. He was born in London on 18 October 1913, the son of Joseph Wells Nixon, a grocer, and Ellen Theresa née Moylett, and educated at Cardinal Vaughan School, Holland Park, London, Presentation College Bray in County Wicklow, Blackrock College in Dublin and Clongowes Wood College, County Kildare. His medical training and his house jobs were at Trinity College Dublin, where he qualified in 1937. He held junior posts at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Croydon General and Oldchurch hospitals.

He served throughout the Second World War in the Navy, mainly on convoy work, particularly to north Russia and Malta.

Following his demobilisation he trained as an ophthalmologist. Interestingly he was the last house surgeon at the Tite Street branch of Moorfields just before the introduction of the National Health Service. After working as ophthalmic registrar at Maidenhead Hospital he was appointed consultant ophthalmologist at Weymouth and this service included clinics at Dorchester, Bridport and Sherborne. He was considered by his colleagues to be a ‘magnificent medical ophthalmologist’.

He married Hilary Anne née Paterson in 1943. Sadly she died of a cerebral tumour. His second wife was Ione Mary née Stoneham. He had six children, three from each marriage, Patrick Michael, Hilary Anne, Peter John, Monica, Paula and Andrew. John Nixon died at the age of 92 on 8 April 2005.

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