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Biographical entry Ford, Trevor Francis (1946 - 2009)

MRCS and FRCS 1977; BA Oxford 1962; MB BCh 1971; MCh 1985; FRCS Edin 1976.

5 August 2009
General surgeon and Urologist


Trevor Ford was a consultant general surgeon and urologist to the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, working at Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells.

The adopted only son of an antiques dealer, Trevor was brought up in London. After pre-clinical studies at Oxford University, he proceeded to St George's Hospital Medical School. His definitive urological training at senior registrar level was at St Peter's Hospital and the Institute of Urology in London, where he worked with John Blandy and others. It was thought that he was the author of more papers than any other previous trainee. He published on gastric erosions, urinary tract stones and urological malignancy, amongst much else. Before going to Kent, he was a lecturer in surgery at St George's Hospital.

Possessed of a sharp, dry sense of humour, he did not tolerate fools gladly. Usually very reserved, he was held in some awe by his juniors for his direct manner when the occasion demanded. His opinions were carefully considered, and much valued by his colleagues, though his commitment to smoking over-rode social constraint.

He was one of the first in the UK to perform a radical prostatectomy, and deserved and received the respect of his patients, who saw in him a clinician who always strove to act in their best interests. With a white moustache and slightly portly figure, he was every inch a character.

Trevor's company was always engaging, enlivening dull proceedings with pithy, pertinent comments streaked with wit. Sadly, he was such a private man that he eschewed personal memorabilia, and left instructions that there should be no memorial service or other tribute to a life in which he proved to be an extremely capable urologist.

His hobby was classic cars, and he could sometimes be seen at the wheel of his Rolls Royce Continental, which he lovingly maintained. Indeed it won several concours d'elegance, or gatherings of classic cars, and both he and the car were very much admired by the French.

He married twice, the second time very happily to Paddy, with whom he had a son, James. He had a daughter, Priscilla, from his first marriage. Trevor died on 5 August 2009.

Timothy G Williams
N Alan Green

Sources used to compile this entry: [Kent and Sussex Courier 21 August 2009].

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