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Biographical entry Kelly, Patrick Michael (1912 - 1989)

MRCS 1937; FRCS 1940; BA Cambridge 1933; MA 1934; BCh 1937.

23 July 1912
5 November 1989


Patrick Michael Kelly was born in Dublin on 23 July 1912, the son of Sir Patrick Kelly, CIE, Commissioner of Police in Bombay. He was sent home with his mother who was expected to die of diabetes but she became one of the first recipients of insulin and lived on into her 80's still taking insulin! He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare and later at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, London, qualifying in 1937. After house appointments at St Thomas's he was appointed surgical registrar there and subsequently at St George's and Guy's Hospitals. In 1942 he entered the RAFVR serving as a surgical specialist with the rank of Wing-Commander in Wales and the Azores, and was mentioned in despatches. After the war he specialised in urology and was later appointed consultant urologist to the St Helier Group of Hospitals, Surrey, and St Anthony's Hospital, Cheam.

He was an accomplished golfer, reaching the last eight in the amateur championship in 1946, and was also a good shot and salmon fisherman. He was an excellent raconteur with a fine sense of humour and an inexhaustible fund of stories and consequently was much in demand as a speaker at weddings and dinners. He retired to Cambridge in 1979 where he taught anatomy at the University and in his old college, Corpus Christi.

He married Corona Edwards in 1939 and they had one son, Michael (now a colorectal surgeon in Leicester), and two daughters, Susan and Jennifer. He died in Cambridge aged 77, on 5 November 1989, survived by his wife and children and eight grandchildren.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1990, 300, 532].

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