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Biographical entry Onyeaso, Onyemara Nduche (1931 - 1979)

MB BS London 1958; MRCS LRCP 1959; FRCS 1964.

7 July 1931
Enugu, Nigeria
24 September 1979
General surgeon


Onyemara Nduche 'Dick' Onyeaso was chief consultant surgeon at Aba General Hospital, Nigeria. He was born on 7 July 1931 in Enugu, Nigeria, the son of Samuel Onyeaso, a clerk, and Minah Onyeaso, a housewife. He was educated at St Peter's Primary School, Enugu, the Methodist College, Uzuakoli, and Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha.

He learnt his basic medical sciences at the University of Ibadan Medical School, which was then affiliated to the University of London, and went on to do his clinical studies at Westminster Hospital Medical School, London, where he won the class prize in midwifery and graduated MB BS on 16 November 1958.

He completed his internship at University College Hospital, Ibadan, and thereafter returned to England, where he trained in general surgery and passed his FRCS in 1964. He was a senior registrar in cardiothoracic surgery at Bethnal Green Hospital in 1971, but thereafter his interest in cardiothoracic surgery waned. He worked variously in England, Switzerland and Nigeria, and as personal physician to the family of the president of Gabon, Omar Bongo, until 1974, when he returned to Nigeria to be the chief consultant surgeon at the General Hospital, Aba. He started his private practice in 1976.

Outside medicine, he loved swimming and lawn tennis, and was fluent in French.

Dick was a family man. He married Ibobo Antoinette Allgoa in 1971. They had four children - Nduche, Chinwe, Nkechi and Obinna. Nduche and Nkechi are physicians in the USA, Obinna is a physician in Nigerian, while Chinwe is a banker in Nigeria. Dick Onyeaso became sick in 1979 and was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma. He died on 24 September 1979 in Westminster Hospital, London, aged 48.

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