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Biographical entry Moore, Frederic Thomas (1913 - 1983)

OBE 1945; Legion d'Honneur 1945; MRCS 1936; FRCS 1945; FRCS Ed 1939.

19 October 1913
21 June 1983
Hand surgeon and Plastic surgeon


Born on 19 October 1913, "Gerry" as he was known to everyone, was a medical student at St Bartholomew's Hospital, qualifying in 1936 and by 1939 he had obtained his Edinburgh Fellowship. After joining the RAF he showed an early interest in burns and especially those involving the hands. In 1944 he was sent to East Grinstead to work with Archibald Mclndoe who had set up a plastic and maxillo-facial unit there for war injuries. Severe face and hand injuries were seen in pilots at that time and under Sir Harold Gillies's guidance he was soon doing pioneer work on the treatment, reconstruction and rehabilitation of these patients. At that time he was the senior medical serving officer at the hospital. He had obtained his "wings" in the RAF and would occasionally pilot a plane to pick up seriously injured casualties. By the end of the war he had been awarded the L├ęgion d'Honneur and was later appointed OBE.

In 1945 he obtained his FRCS and joined the honorary staff at both East Grinstead and King's College Hospital; with the introduction of the NHS he became a consultant at both hospitals. Always an independent spirit and no respecter of authority, he carried on some unusual and often successful lines of research. He was a founder member of the Bristol Hand Club and an early member of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons serving as a member of the BAPS Council in 1949. Next to hand surgery he had a special interest in correcting palatal abnormalities associated with speech defects and was associated with the Moor House School of Speech Therapy. In 1957 a former patient of his broke into his house at midnight and threatened to shoot him because he was dissatisfied with the result of Moore's operation on his nose. The surgeon poured them both drinks and, after the man had had several, managed to grab the loaded revolver and telephone the police! He was married to the actress Greta Gynt by whom he had a daughter. He was a keen sailor and a member of the Royal Thames and Monaco Yacht Clubs. He died on 21 June 1983 aged 69 years, survived by his wife and daughter.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 24 June 1983].

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