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Biographical entry Gordon, Kenneth Charles Desmond (1924 - 1997)

MRCS and FRCS 1956; MB BS London 1949.

26 September 1924
15 July 1997
General surgeon


Ken Gordon was a consultant surgeon to the Ipswich Hospital. He was born in Cambridge on 26 September 1924, the son of Charles Falconer Wedge Gordon, a businessman, and his wife Josephine, née Boys. He was educated at Southall County Grammar School and St Mary's, where he won the physiology prize and was house surgeon to R Handfield-Jones and Sir Arthur Porritt. After gaining his Fellowship of the College, he went to the London Hospital, as registrar to Alan Perry, Gerald Tresidder and Hermon Taylor, who was then developing vascular surgery. Ken did a research project under David Ritchie on the surgical unit, studying the blood vessels of the gall bladder under various pathological conditions, using Tompsett's injection-corrosion technique, but was disappointed to have his MS thesis turned down.

He remained on the surgical unit as assistant director with consultant status from 1964 to 1966 and was then appointed consultant surgeon to the Ipswich Hospital in 1967, where he continued to develop his interest in vascular surgery. He was an excellent teacher, and was appointed College tutor in 1976. He was President of the East Suffolk division of the BMA and of the Ipswich Clinical Society.

He was a keen golfer and photographer. Ken married Doreen Collins, a teacher, in 1949. Their son Andrew (FRCS) is a paediatric surgeon and their daughter, Caroline, became a physiotherapist. Ken Gordon died on 15 July 1997 survived by his wife and family.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 18 July 1997, without memoir].

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