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Biographical entry Smith, Carey Curloss Kenred (1917 - )

MRCS 1941; FRCS 1949; BA Cambridge 1938; MA 1943; MB BChir 1948; LRCP 1941.

5 June 1917
Slad, Gloucestershire, UK
General surgeon


Carey Smith was surgeon superintendent of Stratford Hospital, Taranaki, New Zealand. He was born in Slad, near Stroud, in Gloucestershire, on 5 June 1917. His father Kenred Smith was a missionary in the Baptist Missionary Society and his mother was Ethel May Walker. He was educated at the Birches, a private school in Stroud, Belmont School and Mill Hill School in London, from which he was sent to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1935, going on to St Thomas’ Hospital in 1938 for his clinical studies.

Qualifying in 1941, he completed junior posts at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and Newbury and District Hospital, before joining the RAMC in 1942. He served in Sierra Leone, India and the Arakan region during the campaign in Burma.

On demobilisation, he returned to London, first to St Thomas’ and then St James’s Hospital, Balham. From July 1950 to February 1951 he was a house surgeon to N R Barrett at St Thomas’ and then returned to St James, where, from April 1951 to May 1956, he was a senior registrar with Norman Tanner.

He then emigrated to New Zealand, as surgeon superintendent of Stratford Hospital Taranaki. This was at that time a small rural hospital with no specialist or ancillary services. His training under Tanner enabled him to provide a comprehensive surgical service, as well as the only gastroscopy service within a radius of 150 miles. He built up the services in every department, installing new operating theatres and wards. There he remained until his retirement in 1982.

In 1942 he married Helen Frances Dugon. They had four children. His sons Keith Alexander Carey and Timothy Kenred Carey are both doctors, while his other son, Christopher Mark Carey is an Anglican priest. His daughter, Jill Frances Carey, is a missionary. His death was notified to the College by his family in March 2008.

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