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Biographical entry Park, Lindsay Morgan (1896 - 1990)

MRCS and FRCS 1931; MB ChB Otago 1923; FRCS Ed 1929.

31 August 1896
Dunedin, New Zealand
11 November 1990
Obstetrician and gynaecologist


Lindsay Morgan Park was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 31 August 1896, the son of Samuel Morgan Park who was secretary to the Otago Education Committee and his wife Anne Penelope, née Maxwell. His grandfather Thomas Park emigrated to New Zealand from Scotland in 1858 and was therefore regarded as an "early settler". During the first world war he served with the New Zealand Field Artillery in France. After demobilisation he was admitted to Otago University for medical studies, qualifying in 1923. He completed some junior posts in New Zealand, came to England in 1926 and carried out further appointments as house surgeon to the Jessop Hospital for Women in Sheffield and as clinical assistant, house surgeon and resident surgical officer at St Peter's Hospital for Stone. He passed the FRCS Edinburgh in 1929 and the Fellowship of the College two years later.

He was then appointed surgeon at Brighton Municipal Hospital, but his chief interest was in obstetrics and gynaecology and in 1938 he was appointed to the staff of Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, in that specialty. His general surgical background gave him a special interest in the urological problems associated with gynaecology and throughout his professional life he showed great understanding of his patients' concerns as well as committing himself to providing a high standard of care. He was a founder member and past President of the Birmingham and Midlands Obstetric and Gynaecological Society and later in his life was appointed clinical lecturer to the University of Birmingham.

He married May Schurmann in 1924 or 1925 but this ended in divorce. In 1939 he married Marjorie Delsia Chuter and they had three sons, David, Alan and Murray. David Maxwell Park became a consultant neurologist.

He was a keen follower of all sports. He played rugby for his school and Otago University. A champion at school he remained a strong swimmer until disabled by a stroke in 1978. An outstanding and talented pianist he had a very wide repertoire excelling at Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert and Chopin. He also had a great interest in literature and particularly Greek and Roman history and philosophy.

After retiring in 1962 he went to live at Haywards Heath where he died on 11 November 1990 survived by his wife, Delsia, and their sons.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1991, 302, 406 and information from his son, David Maxwell Park FRCP].

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