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Biographical entry Thomas, George Keith (1923 - 2010)

MB BCh BAO Belfast 1945; FRCS 1952; LMCC 1957; FRCSC 1957; FICS 1958.

19 April 1923
Whitchurch, Shropshire, UK
12 September 2010
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
General surgeon


George Keith Thomas was a former consultant surgeon at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Ontario, Canada. He was born in Whitchurch, Shropshire, the son of Bert Thomas, a bank manager, and Maud Eleanor Thomas née Beatty. His sister, Patricia, also became a doctor. He was educated at Whitchurch Grammar School and Liverpool College, and then studied medicine at Queen's University, Belfast, qualifying in 1945. After graduation he was a demonstrator in anatomy at Belfast.

He joined the Royal Air Force, serving in Germany in the immediate post-war years. He then worked as a ship's surgeon on a private liner. He returned to the UK and trained in surgery, notably in Sheffield and Southend.

In 1956 he emigrated to Canada, as consulting surgeon at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. He retired in 1990.

In 1954 he married Inga-Karin Lethin. He died on 12 September 2010 at the age 87. He was survived by his wife, their sons, Karl and Eric, and four grandchildren.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2010 341 6190].

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