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Biographical entry Gordon, David William Somerville (1925 - 1997)

MRCS and FRCS 1951; MB BS London 1946; FRCOG.

Kohat, India
1 April 1997


David Gordon was a gynaecologist at Epsom. He was born in Kohat, India, on the North West frontier, where his father was a Brigadier with the 2/8th Gurkha Rifles. As was usual in those days, David was sent to England at the age of eight to live with an aunt at Lyme Regis. He was later sent to Wellington, and passed his first MB course whilst still at school. His mother and sister both died when he was 16. He went on to his medical training at St Mary's, qualifying when he was 21.

After junior posts at St Mary's, he did his National Service in the RAMC, serving in Palestine. Later, he became medical officer to the Honourable Artillery Company, a Territorial Regiment.

On his return, he passed the FRCS in 1951, at the age of 25, and then went on to specialise in gynaecology. Renowned as a speedy and excellent surgeon, he was appointed as a consultant at Epsom District Hospital in 1959, helping modernise the gynaecology department there. He also developed a large private practice in Wimpole Street.

He married Gill Bebb in 1952 and they had three daughters, Fiona, Belinda and Susanna. The marriage was dissolved in 1975 and he married Susi Galvin-Wright in 1978. There are two granddaughters, Anne and Sophie. David Gordon died on 1 April 1997. An enthusiastic skier, he was buried with a bottle of Beaujolais and his favourite ski pole.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Daily Telegraph 6 May 1997].

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