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BMJ. 2007 November 17; 335(7628): 1051.
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Katherine Beryl Worley

Katherine Beryl Worley (“Kath”) was born near Bradford and remained in West Yorkshire until she gained her MB ChB from Leeds in 1952. She fought hard to gain and maintain a university place as a woman in the immediate postwar era, particularly as she had lost her father to septicaemia at the age of 3. This determination, inherited from her mother, carried through Kath's career. After house jobs at St James Hospital, Leeds, and Odstock Hospital, Salisbury, she took regular general practice locum posts in Odstock and then in Norfolk. During the 1960s she held registrar positions at psychiatric hospitals in Norwich and obtained her diploma in psychological ?? medicine from the University of London. Kath spent the next 20 years working with children, as a clinical medical officer and then senior clinical medical officer for the Norfolk County Council and Norwich District. During this period she was also very actively involved in the local branch of the National Society for Deaf Children. She was a terrific supporter of the NHS, dedicated to preventing and treating illness and to giving people the opportunity to make the most of their lives. She finished her career as a part-time occupational health medical officer.

Kath had her first heart attack in 1984 and underwent a triple bypass in 1987. She returned to work shortly afterwards but retired in 1994 to nurse her husband through terminal cancer.

An avid gardener and very modern granny, Kath travelled extensively and focused her passion for children on supporting the development of her six grandchildren after her retirement. She leaves two daughters, five granddaughters, and one grandson.


Former senior clinical medical officer Norfolk County Council and Norwich District (b 1929; q Leeds 1952; DPM), died from a heart attack on 15 July 2007.

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