A popular family doctor and loyal Surrey Comet reader has died at the age of 95.
Dr Kenneth Graham died on Tuesday, July 15, in Bexhill, East Sussex, where he had lived for 30 years following his retirement. For the previous 35 years, he worked as a GP in Teddington.
This week his son, David Graham, said: “He was an old-fashioned GP who really knew all his patients and frequently served generations of families.
“My father started at the practice in 1949, with 250 patients. By the time he retired he had 3,500, so it’s fair to say he was quite successful.”
Dr Graham was born in 1919 in Glasgow, where his father trained as an engineer alongside Lord Reith, founder of the BBC.
The family later moved south to Newark, in Nottinghamshire, before Dr Graham served in India and Burma during World War II.
He moved to Teddington in 1949, joining a practice in Hampton Road, where he stayed until his retirement in 1984.
Between 1974 and 1981, he was chairman of the Kingston and Richmond Local Medical Committee, and also spent 10 years working part-time as a Metropolitan Police surgeon – which usually involved treating and taking blood samples from drunken revellers. His wife, Anne, died in 1996.
David said: “He liked to go shopping in Kingston, and he always read the Surrey Comet – we all did.”
Dr Graham is survived by his three children, four grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.