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Biographical entry Coulthurst, Jessie Blossom (1898 - 1985)

OBE 1967; Hon FRCS 1981.

13 March 1985


Jessie Blossom Coulthurst (née Henderson) was born in 1898 and married John William Coulthurst MA, JP, the great-grandson of one of the founders of the internationally known firm of bankers, Messrs Coutts and Co. Throughout her life she lived in the Skipton area of Yorkshire where she was a local Justice of the Peace and did much work with Women's Voluntary Services during and after the war. She was awarded the OBE in 1967, was a member of the British Horse Society and rode to hounds with the Craven Harriers.

In 1957 she made a generous donation to the College which was used to provide an additional reading room in the Library, now known as the Coulthurst Room, as well as providing for the upkeep of the room, the provision of books and the publication of the Lives of the Fellows.

On 10 October 1957 she was welcomed into the Library by Sir Archibald McIndoe who formally introduced her to Sir James Paterson Ross, the President, who handed her a presentation key and invited her to unlock the doors of the new room. Mrs Coulthurst then named the room in memory of her late husband, Mr J W Coulthurst, whose picture was placed inside the entrance.

During the ensuing years further generous gifts were received including the building of the Rare Book Room in 1963 to accommodate the Library's collection of historical books. On 9 May the same year she was made a member of the Court of Patrons. Eighteen years later her continuing beneficence was recognised by awarding her an Honorary Fellowship of the College. Sir Alan Parks who presented her with the honorary diploma expressed the thanks of the College for her loyalty and help. Mrs Coulthurst died on 13 March 1985, aged 86.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Ann Roy Coll Surg Eng 1957, 21, 332; Ibid 1963, 33, 42; Ibid 1981, 63, 370].

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