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Biographical entry Tutton, George Kenneth (1913 - 1992)

MRCS 1941; FRCS 1946; MB ChB Manchester 1939; ChM Manchester 1953; LRCP 1941.

11 May 1913
Stockport, Lancashire
12 December 1992


George Tutton was born in Stockport, Lancashire, on 11 May 1913, the son of a company director and his wife Eleanor Gertrude, née Bailey. He was educated at King William's School on the Isle of Man and at the University of Manchester, where he qualified with the MB in 1939. He did several resident surgical jobs in Manchester before joining the RAMC in 1942. He served chiefly in North Africa and Italy, notably with No 5 Mobile Neurosurgical Unit. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, o/c surgical division, before being demobilised in 1947.

His first post-war appointment was at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, with Sir Hugh Cairns, but returning to Manchester he became lecturer in neurosurgery in the university department led by Sir Geoffrey Jefferson. During this period he delivered a Hunterian Professorial lecture on brain abscess. In 1955 he was appointed consultant neurosurgeon at the Royal Preston Hospital and over the 23 years of his service there built up a fine department with a wide reputation.

He married Elizabeth Mary Barbara Gladwell in 1942 and his son, Miles Tutton FRCS, became an ophthalmic surgeon in Chesterfield. Golf had been his sport since his student days when he played for Derbyshire, and living so near to Lytham gave him an enviable opportunity to exercise his skill. He was captain of the Royal Lytham Golf Club and a member of the Royal and Ancient at St Andrew's.

He died on 12 December 1992, survived by his wife Barbara, and four children - Ann, Miles, Jill and Lois - and four grandchildren.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1993 306 1266].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England