Vale John McNamara 27.7.1936 – 18.6.2018

The Royal Children’s Hospital Alumni were sad to learn of the death of Dr John McNamara on June 18th2018.

John McNamara graduated from Melbourne University in 1959 and joined the Children’s Hospital staff as a Junior Resident in 1964. In 1968-69 he worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, London, as a Resident Assistant Physician, before returning to Melbourne where he was a part-time First Assistant at the Children’s and Mercy Maternity Hospitals. He was appointed Consultant Paediatric Physician and Senior Physician in the Department of General Medicine in 1975 and continued in that role until 1984 when he became Chairman of the Hospital’s Division of General Medicine, 1984-92.

He was Vice-President of the Australian College of Paediatrics, 1995-97. He chaired the Hospital’s history committee and was a member of the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria.

John was a highly respected member of the Children’s Hospital community over several decades and will be remembered with affection by his colleagues and many junior medical staff who benefited so much from his teaching and influence during their training.


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