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Biographical entry Winsbury-White, Horace Powell (1889 - 1962)

Commendatore, Italian Order of Merit; MRCS and FRCS 14 December 1922; FRCS Ed 1917; MB ChB Ed 1914.

New Zealand
6 November 1962


Born in 1889 in New Zealand son of the Public Trustee in Blenheim, he was educated at Marlborough College NZ and the University of Edinburgh where he qualified in 1914 and then held an appointment as house surgeon.

After serving as resident surgical officer at St Peter's Hospital for Stone he was appointed to the consultant staff of St Paul's Hospital in 1925. Thereafter he also became consultant urologist to the Italian Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children and St John's Hospital, Lewisham. He was closely associated with the Institute of Urology from its inception, was on its academic board and committee of management and acted as Dean of St Paul's Hospital after its union with St Peter's.

He was a member of the International Society of Urology, President of the Section of Urology at the Royal Society of Medicine, a member of the Association Fran├žaise d'Urologie, and an honorary member of the American Urological Association to whose members he delivered the Ramon Guiteras Lecture in 1936.

At the College he was a Hunterian Professor in 1925 and 1933. He was the author of numerous books and papers on urological subjects, notably A Textbook of Genito-urinary Surgery and Stone in the Urinary Tract. With Frank Kidd he founded the British Journal of Urology, which he edited for over twenty years.

Outside his profession he was well known as a collector of jade. An eminent Freemason, he was also interested in fishing, riding, shooting, golf and nursery gardening. He married first in 1924 Concha Marguerite de Courcy Brodie who died in 1948, and secondly Elizabeth, widow of Elwood Holmes, who survived him with an adopted son and died on 31 December 1968. He died suddenly at his country house near Reading on 6 November 1962.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 8 November 1962 p 14 e; Brit med J 1962, 2, 1331 with appreciations by J E Semple and Clifford Morson; Lancet 1962, 2, 1061 with appreciation by JDF].

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