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RCSI MATTERS
CLASS OF 1965
After an academic career at the University of Miami, UCLA
and the University of Hawaii, David Barnes has tried relaxing
in Salt Lake City and Park City (Utah), host of the 2002
Winter Olympics and which he says "must have the best
snow in the world". His recent travels included a visit to
London to see family, followed by a quick trip to Dubai, a
favourite on his bucket list. However, he cannot refuse to
answer the call to cover when other OBs/Gynae need time
off to vacation, CME or deal with a bout of illness.
He hopes the Class of `65 will come together again in Dublin
for the Alumni Gathering 2015. "Previous re-unions included
class-mates traveling from Kenya, South Africa, Malaysia,
Canada, the UK, the US and down the road from Greystones.
Let's do it again! I want to see you all in Dublin in 2015...that
includes you Cyril, Paul, Ron, Adolphus, Godfrey, et al....and
I know you will be there, Sheila."
CLASS OF 1961
Sheikh Mohammed Basheer obtained first place in medicine
in 1961. He went on to work as a consultant paediatrician
and was Head of Paediatrics at University Hospital Limerick
until his retirement in 1999. Dr Basheer has recently
published his memoirs entitled Snakes to Shamrock: From
Uganda to Ireland, A Journey Untold, which is available on
Amazon.co.uk as a Kindle download.
Dr Sheikh Mohammed Basheer.
CLASS OF 1957
George Horner LRCP&SI, FRCP (C) Path Retd.,
octogenarian and fully retired General Pathologist was in
touch to say how he was delighted to read the first edition
of RCSI Matters after just getting thawed out from a very
harsh and prolonged winter in Newfoundland, Canada.
"That helped warm me up! I know first-hand RCSI is a great
College with great overseas links, which I am all for and very
proud of."
He was born in Hatch Street, Dublin, and grew up in
Dalkey. During his medical school years at RCSI, he spent
summers as an Extern in Stockholm and Malmo in Sweden,
in Bournemouth in the South of England and in Holland. In
1957, with a single ticket to St John's Newfoundland in his
pocket and due to commence his hospital internship within
days, George walked into his final exam in Medicine with
Professor Abrahamson, and, fortunately, passed.
In his early career, he had posts in General Practice and
Public Health before gaining FRCP(C) in Pathology plus
the American Boards of Pathology AP & CP. He went on to
open many new laboratories across Canada and in Chicago,
in addition to owning a small laboratory of his own in Fort
McMurray, Alberta. He also travelled extensively overseas.
While he was working every day at Pathology, design and
expert use of the latest equipment were really his specialties.
He is all for computerisation, especially for all things medical.
His wife is a retired nurse and a graduate of the General
Hospital in St John's and they had two daughters; one has a
PhD in Environmental Studies and is now at the University of
Melbourne in Australia. Sadly, their eldest daughter died in
2008 with complications of Multiple Sclerosis.
CLASS OF 1944
Following their graduation in 1944, Margaret (Eithne) Keogh
(née Tannam) and her friend Eithne Walshe (who sadly died
in June 2014), headed to Keighley in West Yorkshire to take
up posts as house officers in the local hospital. As this was
wartime and the majority of male doctors were away serving
in the war, the two young doctors had the opportunity to try
their hand at almost all specialties. On leaving the hospital,
Eithne worked with a local GP where she learned to drive, a
skill she kept up until her early nineties.
She returned home to Ireland to get married in 1946. Having
raised her four children, Eithne obtained a Diploma in Public
Health in 1971. She worked as an Immunisation Officer with
the Eastern Health Board in Dublin until she retired in 1991
aged 73. Now aged 96, she is enjoying her retirement in a
nursing home in Rathfarnham.
Dr Margaret (Eithne) Keogh.