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Biographical entry Moore, Thomas (1909 - 1999)

MRCS and FRCS 1936; MB BS Durham 1932; MS 1936; MD 1940.

11 January 1909
18 May 1999
General surgeon and Urologist


Tommy 'Tucker' Moore was welcomed in a great many surgical clubs and societies for his engagingly forthright interventions. His criticisms were pungent but invariably good-humoured, and he was very good company. He was born on 11 January 1909 in Sunderland, where his father and mother ran a newspaper shop. His father was a great supporter of Sunderland Football Club, which played in nearby Roker Park, and his brother became a professional footballer. His maternal grandfather was a co-founder of the Co-operative Wholesale Society and a Freeman of the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 'Tucker' went from the Venerable Bede's School to King's College, Durham, and its medical school in Newcastle, where he graduated MB BS in 1932. His inclination was at first towards a career as a physician but, having been told that he had an exceptional pair of hands, he switched to orthopaedics and then general surgery under Grey Turner.

In 1937 he moved to Manchester as first assistant to H (Bertie) Rayner and developed an interest in urology. He joined the RAMC soon after the outbreak of war and was involved in setting up the 94th General Hospital, which in 1942 moved to Algiers and then finally to Hamburg. His skill and sense of humour made him a very popular officer.

On his return, he was appointed to the staff of the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Altrincham General Hospital as a general surgeon and later as a urologist. His dedication to his work and to his patients was legendary and he built up a very successful practice.

He made a number of contributions to the literature, particularly in relation to disorders of the female urethra, which, tongue in cheek, he referred to as 'the female prostate'. He was an enthusiastic member of the Moynihan Club and continued to enjoy travelling with it long after his retirement. He served as President of the section of urology of the Royal Society of Medicine and of the Manchester Medical Society (in 1974). He was also a treasurer of the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

Although he remained a football supporter, golf became his preferred sport and Turnberry was favoured for family holidays. He had met and married his wife Mary while in Newcastle in 1937. They had two sons, one of whom is Kenneth Moore FRCS, a consultant urologist. Tucker died on 18 May 1999, predeceased by his wife.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Kenneth Moore, FRCS].

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