Dr Peter Mary Edward Drury

Dr Peter Mary Edward Drury MBBChir FFARCS MRCS LRCP

24/09/1932 to 05/04/2017

Place of birth: Dublin

Nationality: British

CRN: 499372

Also known as: Peter

Education and qualifications

General education

Ampleforth College; Trinity College, Cambridge; Guy’s Hospital Medical School (Editor of Hospital Gazette)

Primary medical qualification(s)


Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Examination

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

BChir, Cambridge, 1957; MB Cambridge, 1958

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After pre-registration house officer posts in Lewisham & Beckenham, Peter spent a year in anaesthetics at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, before undertaking two years National Service - spent mostly in Catterick. He returned to Southmead as registrar and then moved to Liverpool to attend the fellowship courses. He was appointed consultant at the Royal Southern Hospital in Liverpool in 1967, moving to the then new University Hospital in 1978 and remaining there until retirement in 1997.

Professional interests and activities

An early worker in intensive care, collaborating with a physician (Ronnie Finn) with whom he wrote one of the first manuals on the subject; another publication was on anaesthesia for ENT surgery. A great supporter of the Liverpool Medical Institution (president 1989, the second anaesthetist to serve) and, in retirement, the History of Anaesthesia Society (editor proceedings 2000-6, honorary member 2013).

Other biographical information

Of a medical family although his father was a civil engineer. He married Veronica Gately and they had a son and three daughters. He had a deep faith and, blessed with perfect pitch, music (of many kinds) was a life long interest as was cricket. He also enjoyed fell walking in the Lake District. 

Author and sources

Author: Dr Bob Palmer

Sources and any other comments: [1] Gilbertson AA. Obituary. The History of Anaesthesia Society Proceedings 2017; 50: 151-3  [2] There are also obituaries on the websites of both Ampleforth College and the Liverpool Medical Institution.  [3] Medical Directory  [4] Photograph courtesy of the History of Anaesthesia Society