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Margaret Austin
(née Turner) (Class of 1969)
is Deputy Chief Medical Officer at St John's
Ambulance and was made a Dame of the
Order of St John in 2012 for her lifelong work
for St John's Ambulance. She was Chairman
of the Tripartite Medical Committee, which
wrote the current first aid manual produced
by St John's Ambulance. The first aid
manual won the Chairman's Special Award at
the British Medical Association Medical Book
Competition in September 2015.
CLASS NOTES

NEWS THROUGH THE DECADES
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Hugh
Tinsley
(Medecine,
Class of
1976)
passed away
in October
2015.
Patrick Troy
(Medicine,
Class of
1986) shares
this tribute
to his friend:
"Hugh grew
up in Belfast
and followed
in his father,
Henry `Harry' Tinsley's footsteps
by studying in RCSI. Due to the
few years he spent in Guernsey
Islands before College, Hugh always
appeared more mature than his
peers; a fact emphasised by his
considered, pensive, pipe smoking
demeanour to life. Although this
image may have belied the truth.
After graduation, Hugh worked
first in London before taking up a
post in Selby as a pit-doctor in the
mines ­ responsible for all accidents,
illnesses, traumas. He then moved to
Cardiff for 12 years as a Respiratory
Physician treating miners lung,
followed by five years in Broom,
Australia as a GP/Hospital Physician.
Hugh returned to Ireland in 2000
and became part of the AIDS/ HIV
and Drugs Service.
Hugh played rugby for RCSI and
Purafoy, but his real contribution to
the sport, after retirement, was his
post-game analysis in Peter's Pub.
Hugh approached his illness, in the
same way he cared for his patients,
with dignity and consideration to all.
He died just days after his little dog,
Mo, yet ensured that Mo was buried
with the grace any friend deserved.
All of us who were fortunate to know
Hugh and to work alongside him
were privileged."
In 2014, Frances Taaffe daughter of
Aidan
and
Nora Taaffe
(both Medicine, Class of
1969) married Gerald Owens, son of
Gerry
(also Class of 1969) and Nora Owens.
Pictured are: Aidan and Nora Taaffe, the
newlyweds, and Nora and Gerry Owens.
Richard Fahy
(Medicine, Class of 1968)
resides in South Carolina, US, where he
practised Psychiatry until he retired in
2014. Sadly, his wife, Gail passed away in
2011 after 33 years of marriage. Dr Fahy
celebrated his 81st birthday in style last
December by visiting Dublin, and he looks
forward to returning to Dublin again in 2018
for his 50th RCSI Reunion.
It is with great sadness that we report that
Garrett O'Connor
(Medicine, Class of 1960),
a leading Irish psychiatrist renowned for his
work on addiction treatment, passed away
peacefully at his home in Co Wicklow on
September 1, 2015. Dr O'Connor served
as the President and first Chief Executive
Officer of the Betty Ford Institute (BFI). He
also taught in the Departments of Psychiatry
at the Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine and UCLA.
Pierce A Grace
(Medicine,
Class of 1976, FRCSI 1980) has
published
The middle class of
Callan, Co Kilkenny, 1825­45,
which uses the remarkable
diaries of Callan resident
Amhlaoibh Ó Súilleabháin to
examine the changing fortunes
of one small Irish town just
before the Famine, including
their experience of the 1832 cholera epidemic.
Congratulations to
Peter Docherty
(Medicine, Class of 1962), (pictured below
with wife, Eleanor), who won the 2015
Medical Journalists' Award for Best Personal
Story with his true tale,
What could be done
for the baby wrapped in newspaper?.
He has also written about his RCSI training
days in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and
the surprise `delivery' of hydatiform mole at
rcsi.ie/alumnienews.
Paul Byrne
(Medicine, Class of 1979), after many years abroad, returned to Dublin in
1992 when he was appointed Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Rotunda
and Beaumont Hospitals. He is married to
Niamh O'Sullivan
(also Class of 1979) who is
a Consultant Microbiologist at The Coombe Women's Hospital and Our Lady's Children's
Hospital, Crumlin.
Dr Byrne has had a life-long interest in photography. In 2015, he won the Grand Prix at
PhotoArtMedica 2015, the 3rd International Salon of Artistic Photography for Physicians,
for his series of six fine art black and white photographs.
Moira O'Brien
(née
McMahon) (Medicine, Class
of 1956) was awarded an
IOS Lifetime Achievement
Award in October 2015 at
the Annual Irish Osteoporosis
Conference in Dublin.
She was also awarded the Sir
Roger Bannister Medal by
the British Association Sports
and Exercise Medicine at
their combined Conference
with the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
(UK) in Cardiff in November 2015 for her life
time achievements in Sports Medicine. Professor
O'Brien was the first woman and the first Irish
person to receive this Medal.
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Charlie O'Connell
(Medicine, Class of 1953)
has published his memoirs,
Arctic Calls, which
features student days at RCSI, as well as his
clinical training in Jervis Street and Rotunda
Hospitals. After graduation, he served on the
DEW (Distant Early Warning) Line for six months
in 1955, worked in the Canadian Arctic making
igloo house calls by Inuit's dog teams, and flew
in antique DC3 planes with crashes and forced
landings. He has fond memories of youthful
adventures.
Charles DuPont
(Medicine, Class of 1954) in 2015
wrote and published
Public Speaking ­ How To
Do It and Skin Disease ­ Fact and Fiction.
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