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Samuel William John Richmond

Samuel William John Richmond

Male 1949 - 2013  (63 years)

  • Name Samuel William John Richmond  [1, 2, 3
    Known as "Sam" 
    Birth 05 Sep 1949  Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Goldhawk Rd, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    • On Sept. 5, 1949, at Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital, W.6, to Diana, wife of J. C. B. Richmond, the British Embassy, Baghdad -- a son (Samuel William John) [The Times]
    Residence 1958  Flat 4, 2 Bishopswood Rd, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • Passengers on Cunard RMS "Ivernia" arr Tilbury 05 Apr 1958: name Richmond, 1st class, emb New York, perm res England, UK address Flat 4, 2 Bishopswood Avenue, London N6; John C B, b 07 Sep 1909, HBM Foreign Service; Diana M L, b 30 Jun 1914, housewife; Thomas E G, 02 Sep 1947; Samuel W J, b 05 Sep 1949; Sophia E G, b 08 Jul 1951.
    Occupation 1988 - 2011  Royal Hospital, Sunderland Find all individuals with events at this location ; Consultant in neonatology  [4
    Death Mar 2013  Newcastle-upon-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 5
    • My friend and colleague Sam Richmond, a former consultant at City Hospitals Sunderland, has died aged 62 after a long illness. Sam, who retired in 2011, was appointed as a consultant in neonatology at Sunderland Royal hospital in 1988 and single-handedly set about delivering a high-quality neonatal intensive-care service within the city. During his 23 years in the post, he cared for some of the most premature and sickest infants. This necessitated long hours of work and immediate availability for critically ill babies. Sam and his team never allowed a lack of resources or money to prevent them delivering the best care available.
      Staff considered him to be "married to the job" so it was a surprise to many when, in January of this year, he married Liz. When he did take holidays he often travelled to Palestine and Bangladesh to teach newborn life support. He had a strong desire to provide a pragmatic neonatal service to babies born in developing countries.
      Sam created and established a neonatal life-support course so that junior doctors could be trained in the essential skills of resuscitation before they began work. He introduced this concept to northern European countries and they have adopted this form of training. He developed the role of nurse practitioners within Sunderland as he believed that nurses with enhanced training could achieve much of what junior doctors could do. Sam did painstaking work in the area of perinatal morbidity and the development of cerebral palsy, and along with a colleague produced an annotated neonatal formulary that is now used nationally.
      Sam was born in London, spent some of his early life in the Middle East and was educated in Carlisle and Yorkshire. He always avoided public recognition and preferred to do the "day job", ensuring the neonatal unit was safe and that he was available to the babies who required his attention. His strong political views about the Middle East were represented through the various badges he is fondly remembered for wearing. He was a man of great intelligence and kindness.
      He is survived by Liz, and his sisters, Sophie, Emma and Sally. [Majd Abu-Harb, The Guardian, 04 Apr 2013]
    Person ID I4569  Tatham | Richmond branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2013 

    Father John Christopher Blake Richmond,   b. 07 Sep 1909, Hitcham Vale House, Taplow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jul 1990, Durham C Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Diana Margaret Lyle Galbraith,   b. 30 Jun 1914, Hampstead Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Mar 1997, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Marriage 04 Feb 1939  Hampstead Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 8, 9
    • The marriage arranged between John, son of Mr. E. T. Richmond (late Director, Department of Antiquities, Palestine), and Mrs. Richmond, and Diana, youngest daughter of the late Mr. W. L. Galbraith, and of Mrs. Galbraith, will take place quietly early in February. [The Times] [6]
    • On Saturday, Feb. 4, 1939, John Richmond to Diana Galbraith. [The Times] [7]
    Family ID F1261  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Hammersmith, 3Q1949.

    2. [S12] Passenger Lists, Ivernia, 05 Apr 1958.

    3. [S05] The Times, birth notice, 07 Sep 1949.

    4. [S11] Newspaper, Guardian, 04 Apr 2013.

    5. [S03] Family Members, TM.

    6. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 07 Jan 1939.

    7. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 15 Feb 1939.

    8. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who.

    9. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Hampstead, 1Q1939.