50th Anniversary Celebration for St Thomas’ Hospital Medicine Graduates

On April 19th 2012 a dinner was held at the Dormy House Hotel in Broadway, Worcestershire for 35 doctors who graduated in medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1962, and 30 spouses/partners.

 This was a joyful occasion which included time beforehand for greeting old friends, with drinks, and then a dinner chaired by Mike Willoughby. Jill Mann welcomed everyone, with special greetings for five colleagues who came from overseas: Dr Jennifer Ashby (née MacGregor) and Mr Michael Mayo from the USA, Mr Richard Hartley from Australia, Mr James Nwozo from Nigeriaand Dr Izabella E Horsfall (née Dunajecka) from the Bahamas.

Professor Hugh Pennington gave the address, with many reminiscences of the Medical School and St Thomas’ Hospital and of the more colourful members of staff who taught us. He also proposed the loyal toast, after which Dr Tim Apthorpe remembered and gave a toast to absent friends. After a vote of thanks to the staff for an outstanding gourmet meal, the evening continued with extracts from a recording of the St Thomas’ Christmas Show of 1959 in which many of those present perfomed or worked behind the scenes. We talked late into the night and enjoyed a display of STH memorabilia which had been assembled.

Everyone spent the night at the hotel and after breakfast many explored some of the interesting gardens and other places of interest in this beautiful part of England. One group went on a private conducted tour of the lovely Jacobean/Elizabethan manor, Stanway House and its Norman Tithe Barn and gardens. The property has the highest gravity powered waterfall in the world and this was turned on for us.

Many people then returned to their homes, but some stayed on for a few more days so that they could enjoy the area and spend time with friends.

Professor Jillian R Mann

Dr J Michael Willoughby


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