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Biographical entry Harrold, Anthony John (1924 - 1982)

MRCS 1947; FRCS 1952; MB BS London 1946; MS 1960; LRCP 1947.

23 October 1982
Orthopaedic surgeon


Anthony John Harrold was educated at University College School, London, where he had a distinguished academic record. He moved on to St Mary's Hospital Medical School and graduated there with distinction in surgery in 1946. Following resident appointments at St Mary's, Amersham, and Bradford, he took the FRCS in 1952 and began more formal orthopaedic training at Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, and St Bartholomew's. He was then appointed senior orthopaedic registrar at St Mary's and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospitals and was awarded the MS in 1960 for his thesis on the poor healing of intra-articular fractures. In the same year he was appointed to the orthopaedic staff at St Mary's Hospital, and later to St Vincent's Hospital, Pinner. In 1962 he was elected as one of four British Orthopaedic Association Travelling Fellows to visit North American orthopaedic centres and was a most popular and knowledgeable member of that group.

Tony Harrold was widely read and had a considerable interest in poetry and classical literature. His own publications, leading articles and book reviews were always well written and made good reading. He found teaching both stimulating and rewarding and he much enjoyed the clinical care of his many patients. In addition, he always took more than his full share of the less enjoyable, but essential administrative work. His kindness and humour made him an excellent chairman of the medical committee at Paddington General Hospital and of the St Mary's district medical committee, and he also gave valuable advice to the Medical Protection Society. He was, above all, a first-class clinician who established good rapport with his patients, and especially with children. Outside his professional work he was keen on hill walking, bird watching and sailing. He died suddenly on 23 October 1982 while laying up his yacht at Chichester. He married his wife, Hazel, in 1949 and was survived by her and his three daughters.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1982, 285, 1750 and 1983, 286, 231; Lancet 1982, 2, 1350].

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