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Biographical entry Wightman, John Alan Keightley (1930 - 2000)

MRCS and FRCS 1961; MB ChB Sheffield 1955.

11 April 1930
Boston, Lincolnshire
20 October 2000
Urological surgeon


John Alan Keightley Wightman was a consultant surgeon in Chesterfield. He was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, on 11 April 1930, where his father, John Andrew Wightman, was a pharmacist. His mother was Doris Mary née Keightley. He was educated at Nottingham High School and the University of Sheffield. After house jobs, he went off to do his National Service in the RAMC, where he served in the British Military Hospitals in Singapore and Hong Kong. He returned to specialise in urology under Jock Anderson in Sheffield, though he never entirely gave up general surgery and indeed was co-author of an authoritative paper on familial polyposis of the colon.

In 1968, he was appointed consultant surgeon to the Royal Hospital Chesterfield and clinical lecturer in surgery at the University of Sheffield. After he retired in 1994 he went for a year to Kuala Lumpur as a visiting associate professor in urology.

He was an enthusiastic supporter of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and served on its Council from 1985 to 1988, to represent the interests of general surgeons with an interest in urology - the associate members. He was a College tutor from 1980 to 1990, and an external assessor in general surgery and urology.

He was an enthusiastic golfer and stamp collector, and enjoyed travel. In 1956, he married his ward sister, Ann Hancock. They had one son, John Andrew, and three girls, Susan Jane, Sally and Kate Elisabeth. The eldest daughter, Susan Jane, became a general practitioner. He died on 20 October 2000.

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