Dr Richard Chave Nainby-Luxmoore

Personal details

Dr Richard Chave Nainby-Luxmoore MA MBBChir FFARCS

20/02/1926 to 16/09/2008

Place of birth: London

Nationality: British

CRN: 512107

Also known as: Dick

Education and qualifications

General education

School and University information, Academic and Extracurricular

Ludgrove Preparatory School, Wokingham; Eton College; Cambridge University; St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London

Primary medical qualification(s)

MRCS LRCP, 1954 MBBChir, Cambridge, 1954

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Examination

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

BA, Cambridge, 1950 (MA, 1956); MBBChir, Cambridge, 1954

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After house officer posts at Bart’s Dick started anaesthetics there also. From 1957 he spent two years as senior research assistant with Dr McIntosh at the Medical College of Virginia, and then four years as resident anaesthetist at the Nuffield Hospital, Oxford. This was followed by a senior registrar post at St George’s, Hospital, London and appointment as a consultant in Portsmouth in 1965. In 1970 he served a one year sabbatical in Vietnam, an experience which gave him nightmares for the rest of his life. He retired in 1961.

Professional interests and activities

While in Oxford he collaborated on a study of Minnitt’s gas/air apparatus, showing that it could be dangerous under certain circumstances, and hastening the switch to ‘Entonox’. As a consultant he had an interest in paediatric anaesthesia, having a reputation for skilled management of children who ‘never’ cried. A competent, convivial colleague, he served a term (1973-5) as chair of the department and remained a good source of advice to others.


Other biographical information

Near to the end of his school days he fell and fractured his pelvis, this requiring a long stay in hospital and delaying his joining the Scots Guards (in which his father was a major). He served from 1944, and was commissioned in 1945, but in 1946 decided to change direction and study medicine.


Dick was a passionate and accomplished sailor, a member of The Royal Yacht Squadron (the Luxmoore buoy in Bembridge Harbour, Isle of Wight is named after his father, also a keen sailor). He married Ruth Murlock in 1957 and they had three children: Jonathan (a GP), James & Mary. A grandson, Edward, is an Olympic rower. In 1989 Dick married Jillian McLagan, and they lived in Southwick, Hampshire. His other interests were skiing, shooting and mowing his large acreage of grass. He is remembered as a kind and generous friend.


Author and Sources

Author: Robert Julian Palmer

Sources and any other comments: Personal communication with wife, Jilly, and son