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After wartime service in the Royal Navy as leading sick berth attendant, Terry Gallivan qualified from Cardiff University in 1953 and was a house officer at the Royal Gwent Hospital in his home town, Newport. After marrying his wife, Joan, in 1954 he then worked in obstetrics at St Asaph Hospital. He was in general practice for five years in Abersychan before moving to Watford, where he was a general practitioner until his retirement in 1986. Outside of his work Terry was very involved with his local church, where he was an elder and lay preacher. After retirement he worked in a voluntary capacity as health director for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the British Isles. During this time he set up, and was chairman of, the National Committee for the Prevention of Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol and was involved on other national temperance committees. He finally retired from all work in 1994 as his health failed. He leaves his wife, Joan; two children; and seven grandchildren.