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John Fry Reunion Lunch 2015

John Fry GP

This year’s reunion lunch, held in celebration and memory of GP John Fry (1922 – 1994), was held on Wednesday 14 October.

83 guests were in attendance, including guest speaker Dr Terry Gibson (Medicine, 1966) and Mrs Trudy Amiel-Fry, John Fry’s widow.

Guests came from far and wide (with several guests travelling from the United States and Australia!), representing classes ranging from 1945 to 1986, and 15 guests from the Class of 1965 were in attendance, celebrating their 50 year anniversary!

The reunion began with a drinks reception in the Revelstoke Room at Henriette Raphael House. It wasn’t long before the room was bustling with old friends catching up and reminiscing about their time at Guy’s, whilst enjoying the refreshments on offer.

Guests were then led to the beautiful Henriette Raphael Suite to enjoy a sit-down, three-course lunch. Before starters were served, Dr Tina Challacombe introduced Thomas Fenner and Robyn Edney, this year’s recipients of the John Fry at Guy’s Scholarship, and Benjamin Ridley, this year’s recipient of the Maxine Hallworth Rugby GKT Scholarship. All three scholars spoke touchingly about how the scholarships have benefited them, and expressed their heartfelt thanks to all those alumni who have kindly donated to these scholarships. (If you would like to support the John Fry at Guy's Scholarship you can donate online.)

Lunch itself was a merry affair, with guests continuing to catch up over a delicious meal of moroccan spiced lentil soup, pan fried loin and rib of beef, and an apple and blackberry charlotte.

Dessert was followed by a talk, entitled 'Journey without maps', from Dr Terry Gibson. Terry spoke movingly and passionately about his recent experiences as a physician in Sierra Leone resulting in an incredibly inspirational and interesting talk, and ending with a stirring Q&A session. 

This year, there was a special interlude after lunch for the unveiling of a new plaque, in honour of John Fry. To celebrate the occasion, Dr Anne Stephenson said a few words, speaking thoughtfully about John Fry and his work as GP, before the plaque was unveiled by Mrs Trudy Amiel-Fry. The plaque is on display in Guy's Colonnade, for anyone who would like to see it.

John-Fry-Plaque-1      John-Fry-Plaque

Guests were then invited to the Gordon Museum for refreshments and a talk by the museum’s curator Bill Edwards. They also had the chance to explore the museum and its more recent additions, which led to some very interesting discussions!

>> Listen to the speeches from the lunch <<

Everyone spoke of how much they enjoyed the afternoon and we already can’t wait for next year! Next year’s lunch will be on Wednesday 12 October 2016. Please visit our events page next summer for further details and how to book. 





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