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Charles Renton followed in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather and trained as a general surgeon in Glasgow, Nottingham, and Sheffield after his early career was interrupted by national service and the Suez crisis. In 1969 he was appointed consultant general surgeon with an interest in vascular and breast surgery in Hereford, where he remained until his retirement in 1995. He was a highly respected clinician, teacher, and colleague and during his career was president of the Herefordshire Medical Society and of the local branch of the BMA, as well as being involved in local hospital management. He was honoured when, on retirement, the Charles Renton Oncology Unit at the Hereford County Hospital was opened. He enjoyed many outdoor activities, including fishing, golfing, shooting, walking, and sailing, and was an active member of the local church. In retirement he researched and wrote two books, one on the history of the Herefordshire Hospitals and the other on the history of Hampton Park United Reformed Church. He leaves a wife, Margaret; four daughters; and six grandchildren.