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Biographical entry Perry, Kenneth Cyril (1929 - 1995)

MRCS and FRCS 1958; MB BS 1952.

25 August 1929
11 April 1995
Urological surgeon


Kenneth Perry was born in London on 25 August 1929. His father, John, was a chef and his mother, Cecilia Gertrude, née Berry, a nurse. From Surrey County School he went to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, where he qualified MB BS, and afterwards held appointments at Princess Beatrice Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital. After National Service in the RAMC in British Guiana he was surgical registrar at Southend followed by senior urological registrar at the Royal Free Hospital. He was the first urological surgeon at the Royal East Sussex Hospital in Hastings. In 1981 he transferred to the new District General Hospital in Eastbourne. He was much involved in the medical organisation and was Chairman of surgery and Chairman of the South East Thames Regional subcommittee in urology.

He was known for his caring qualities and was consulted on various problems, which he tackled with great charm and wisdom. In 1989 he had to retire due to motor neurone disease, which ran a protracted course until he died suddenly of a coronary thrombosis. His hobbies were squash, tennis, music and painting. In January 1959 he married Sybil Adelaide Skinner, a state registered nurse who trained at Charing Cross Hospital and who looked after him sedulously in his last illness. They had two daughters - Ann, a linguist and Kate, a chartered accountant - and a son, Ian, a scientist. He died on 11 April 1995, survived by his wife and children, and two grandchildren.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1995 311 745].

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