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Biographical entry Weaver, John Patrick Acton (1927 - 2011)

BM BCh Oxford 1954; FRCS Edin 1960; FRCS 1961; BSc 1952; DM MCh 1968.

27 November 1927
Oxford, UK
10 July 2011
General surgeon and Urological surgeon


John Patrick Acton Weaver was a consultant urological surgeon at Dundee Royal Infirmary and a senior lecturer in surgery at the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee. He was born in Oxford, the son of John Reginald Homer Weaver, professor of history and president of Trinity College, and Stella Mary Georgina Weaver née Acton, an author. He was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and Ampleforth College, and then studied medicine at Oxford and Guy's.

He was a house surgeon to Sir John Conybeare at Guy's and an anatomy demonstrator. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, as a medical officer to the Gurkhas in Hong Kong and the King's Own Regiment 4th of Foot. He was a registrar at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, working with George Feggetter.

In 1967 he joined Sir Donald Douglas' surgical academic team at the University of St Andrews at Dundee. He gave outstanding service, particularly when the unit moved to the new Ninewalls Hospital and medical school, and he ran the department during the time Douglas was president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. His surgical interests gradually moved into urology, and he became a consultant urological surgeon in 1976, moving back to Dundee Royal Infirmary. He pioneered innovative techniques for the treatment of female incontinence.

He was an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and secretary and then president of the 1921 Surgical Club. After retiring in 1992 he did locums in England, Scotland, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He also worked with the Egyptian Army Medical Corps.

He was recognised as an excellent surgeon and teacher. He took a particular interest in developing the careers of his junior staff, especially encouraging female house surgeons to continue in surgery and achieve their full potential.

Outside medicine, he was interested in gardening, furniture restoration and art.

In 1959 he married Mary Catherine Bainbridge ('Wendy') Robinson, who trained as a nurse at Guy's Hospital. They had three children - Elizabeth Anne, George William and Matthew John. John Patrick Acton Weaver died on 10 July 2011, aged 83.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2011 343 7985].

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