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Biographical entry Pritchard, Graham Cleverly (1913 - 2010)

MB BChir Cambridge 1939; DOMS 1942; FRCS 1953.

11 June 1913
23 March 2010
Ophthalmic surgeon


Graham Cleverly Pritchard was a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at King's College Hospital. His father was a general practitioner in Highgate, London. He studied medicine at Clare College, Cambridge, and King's College Hospital, London, qualifying MB BChir in 1939.

At the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the RAMC and was allowed to continue training in ophthalmology. He passed the diploma in ophthalmic medicine in 1942 and was initially posted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. He then saw service in France, Italy, Burma and India, ending the war in Hong Kong.

He returned to the UK and was demobilised in 1947. He returned to King's College Hospital as an ophthalmic registrar, and in 1953 gained his FRCS. He remained at King's for the rest of his career, retiring as a senior consultant in 1978. He also held appointments at the Royal Eye Hospital, Dr Barnado's homes, St Stephen's Hospital, Chelsea, Cheyne Children's Home, Dulwich, and St Giles' Hospital. In addition, he had a private practice in Harley Street and from his home in Dulwich.

He moved to Cumbria when he retired, where he held weekly clinics at local opticians in Carlisle and Whitehaven until he was in his late eighties.

Graham Cleverly Pritchard died on 23 March 2010, at the age of 96. Predeceased by his wife, Rosemary (née Newton), a former nurse he had met at King's College Hospital, and whom he married in April 1943, he was survived by two sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2010 340 3466].

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