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Biographical entry Lewin, John (1901 - 1988)

OBE; MRCS 1923; FRCS 1926; MB BS London 1924; JP.

Born
8 August 1901
London
Died
11 May 1988
Occupation
ENT surgeon and General surgeon

Details

The following was published in volume 7 of Plarr's Lives of the Fellows

John Lewin was born in London on 8 August 1901 and educated at Southend Grammar School and Guy's Hospital qualifying in 1923. He held house appointments at Guy's Hospital before being appointed resident surgical officer at Lynn Hospital and consultant general surgeon and ENT surgeon in 1929. In addition to his professional duties he published a history of the West Norfolk and King's Lynn General Hospital (1981) and played a prominent part in local affairs, serving as town councillor, magistrate and chairman of the National Savings Committee. He was involved in musical activities and the Lynn Festival as well as being a prominent Rotarian. His public service was recognised by the award of OBE.

He officially retired in 1966 but remained in part-time work until 1975. He married Ghita Harwich in 1930 and had one son, Richard, who is a general practitioner. His wife died in 1985 and he died on 11 May 1988.

The following was published in volume 8 of Plarr's Lives of the Fellows

Born on 8 August 1901 in London, John Lewin was educated at Southend Grammar School and Guy's Hospital, where after qualification he became house surgeon. He obtained the FRCS in 1926 and was resident house officer at Lynn Hospital in 1927 and consultant surgeon from 1929 to the new West Norfolk and King's Lynn General Hospital.

Officially retiring in 1966 he continued on a part-time basis until 1975. For a time he was a JP in King's Lynn, Chairman of National Savings West Norfolk, a councillor with King's Lynn Borough Council from 1948 to 1957, and District Governor of the Rotary District 108 from 1967 to 1968, for which he received the Paul Harris Fellowship in 1985 - a distinction shared only by the Duke of Edinburgh. He played a prominent part in the organisation of the Lynn music festivals. His public service was recognized by the award of the OBE in 1965.

He married Ghita née Harwich on 11 February 1930, and they had one son, Richard, who followed his father into medicine, via Cambridge and Guy's Hospital. Ghita died in 1985, and John spent his last years in a Downham nursing home, dying there on 11 May 1988.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lynn News 17 May 1988].

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