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RCSI MATTERS
Bill Finsen retired from his positions as Head of the Hand
Surgery Service at the Department of Orthopaedics and
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery on December 1. Bill
says: "It has been an interesting time, and rewarding in
many ways. I have been able to help some patients and
met many impressive medical students." Bill is retaining
100 per cent of the workload in each position without fixed
working hours, but he is keen to be of more service if the
opportunity presents itself. Last year, he spent some weeks
in Sierra Leone teaching orthopaedics and hopes to go to
Malawi to teach and operate during the coming winter. Bill
speaks good English, fair Spanish, and "can fumble my way
in German and French".
CLASS OF 1971
It was with great sadness that we learned Jay Sadhai passed
away peacefully at his home in Bacchus Marsh, Melbourne
Australia following a long illness. Jay was a popular class
member and enjoyed his Dublin days immensely. He looked
forward to his class reunions and was disappointed to miss
his 40
th
class reunion in 2011 the first one he has ever
missed.
In recent years, Jay wrote a book about the Indian struggle
in Apartheid-era South Africa titled Bala's Hill and Beyond.
He is survived by his wife Roshnee, four children Ravin,
Rukesh, Vinthosh and Karishma, their partners and three
grandchildren. Further information about Jay's life can be
found on www.jaysadhai.com.au
CLASS OF 1970
Mike Gaya pictured with his wife Koumahry Gaya being awarded
the Grand Officer of the Star and the Key of the Indian Ocean
(GOSK) for his contribution in the fields of Ophthalmology (corneal
grafts and research in diabetic retinopathy in the Indian Ocean).
Mike also received the Melvin Jones Award, which is the highest
award by the Lions Club International for his contribution to Sight
First and work in prevention of blindness.
Harry Reich was honoured by Royal College of Obstetricians
and Gynaecologists in London where he was awarded
a Fellowship (
ad eundem) in honour of his pioneering
work in the field of endoscopy. Dr Reich is best known for
pioneering Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH) and the
development of radical excisional laparoscopic techniques
for the removal of extensive and deep endometriosis
pivotal moments in the development of gynaecological
surgery. Dr Reich's commitment to develop, and teach,
radical excisional laparoscopic techniques for the removal of
extensive and deep endometriosis has spared thousands of
women from having big, scarring and painful incisions. These
techniques are now recognised as a `gold standard method'
and are imitated in most specialist endometriosis centres
worldwide, making Dr Reich one of the most influential
gynaecological surgeons of the late 20
th
century.
CLASS OF 1967
Peter Hosein says: "For the last 10 years I have been
seeking self-knowledge. A study of who I am the body and
the mind in all its aspects, including the subconscious and
the ego. While at RCSI, I studied the body; after medical
school, I studied the mind." Peter strongly believes that the
study of the mind's influence on the health and behaviour of
the body is rich with potential.
CLASS OF 1962
Krishna Gurappa Narismulu recently celebrated his 80th birthday in
Durban South Africa in September 2013 and is photographed with
his wife Rita, children and grandchildren. Despite some ill health, he
remains in good spirits and always speaks fondly of his time at RCSI.
CLASS OF 1959
Patrick Breen died in September 2013 of heart failure
having suffered from cancer for a considerable time. After
graduation he trained as an anaesthetist in Manchester and
then emigrated to the USA.
We were also sorry to learn of the passing of Man Matharu
earlier this year. Dr Matharu was instrumental in establishing
the Hockey Club as a student and had a deep affection and
close association with the College over the years. To his wife
Jennifer and family, we extend our deepest sympathies to
them on their great loss.
CLASS OF 1957
John Doherty from Perth Australia passed away in
September after a long illness. We extend our deepest
sympathies to his family at this sad time.
CLASS OF 1953
Charlie O'Connell has just completed his memoirs of his
student days and hospital work in Newfoundland and the
Canadian Arctic; the memoirs are called DEW Line.
CLASS OF 1949
William Joseph Donnelly passed away in September. His
family told us that, as well as attending reunions, he always
kept up to date on events in the College. He remembered
his College days with great affection and an awareness of
what a huge privilege it was to be able to study medicine in
those days. Medicine was a huge part of his life and he never
stopped reading about current developments.