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Sir Geoffrey Organe was one of the most widely known and respected anaesthetists of his generation. He was born on Christmas Day in 1908 in Madras, India. He was educated at Taunton School and at Christ's College, Cambridge, and Westminster Medical School.
His contributions to anaesthesia nationally and internationally were immense. He served on, or chaired, virtually every major anaesthetic committee and organisation. He was Vice President of the BMA's section of anaesthetics in 1949, President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, a member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons, President of the section of anaesthetics of the Royal Society of Medicine, President of the Association of Anaesthetists, Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists, and for many years an examiner for the FFARCS. He served as civilian consultant in anaesthetics to the Royal Navy and was consultant adviser to the Ministry of Health.
He received many honours during his long career, including the FRCS in 1965, an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of Medicine, and the John Snow medal of the Association of Anaesthetists. He was knighted in 1968.
Geoffrey, with his tall, distinguished figure and magnificent command of the English language, was in great demand as a speaker. He frequently travelled abroad for the British Council and the World Health Organization. Indeed, there were few countries that he did not visit professionally. His wide interests outside medicine included travel, gardening and photography.
oil on canvas
H 51 x W 41 cm