Obituary - Dr Richard Dunnill

Posted By Grant Forrest |  last update 15-Apr 2017

It is with great sadness that I learned of the death earlier this month of Dr Richard Dunnill, former SCATA Chairman and founding member of ESCTAIC.
On behalf of SCATA, I would like to send my condolences to Richard's family.

The following obituary was sent to me by Dr Alastair Lack on the 14th April 2017 :


Dr Richard Paul Hyde Dunnill MB BS FRCA.

Richard was born on the 10th October 1945 in Bexhill Sussex, where his father was a GP/anaesthetist. He was the youngest of three siblings, brother to two elder sisters. He was educated at Charterhouse, Guildford then moving on to Guys medical school to follow in his fathers footsteps. He became a consultant anaesthetist in Poole and Bournemouth in 1977.

At the old Victoria hospital in Boscombe he established himself as an expert in intensive care. He soon become the lead consultant in the ITU and then medical director of Bournemouth Hospital. He was in charge of moving the old site of ITU in Boscome to the hospital in Bournemouth. He was keen in educating and influencing the future generations of doctors, being patient in teaching, and his keen knowledge of technology often described as “the anaesthetist with the laptop” in days when this wasn't common. This carried him through to becoming a committee member and then chairman of SCATA. He was a founder member of ESCTAIC, the European society

His greatest love was sailing. He became a member of the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Sandbanks in 1977. Richard was a keen sailor and sailed from the 1970s until a few months ago. He was a Committee member at the Royal Motor Yacht Club and was elected Rear-Commodore in 1985 for 3 years and 2003 for 3 years. Richard was the Chairman of the Sail Committee for 7 years from 1986. He ran a happy team and was much liked for his fairness and firm but gentle handling of races and any protests. He acted as a race rescue boat skipper in later years until last year and was still cruising until last summer. Richard will be greatly missed by all who came into contact with him and knew him in the sailing world.

Richard passed away just as he wished at home in bed quietly drifting away in his sleep with the support of his close family and his two Viszlas. He has been described as loving, generous and genuine. He was selfless till his last day and will be remembered with such fondness and joy that people had the benefit of meeting such a wonderful man. He will be sorely missed.

richard dunnill

4 comment(s)

Posted by Anthony Madden on 18-Apr 2017 17:04

I was very sorry to hear about Richard's death and would like to send my condolences to his family.

Posted by Melvin REYNOLDS on 18-Apr 2017 19:04

I, like Tony, would be grateful if you'd send my condolences to Riachrard's family.  I'll remember him as man clear vision and great humour.

Posted by Martin Hurrell on 05-May 2017 12:05

My abiding impression of Richard was his tremedous enthusiasm for whatever he was engaged in. A very kind, humourous and nice man. Please pass on my condolences to his family. 

Posted by Frank O'Connor on 07-Jun 2017 11:06

I am extremely sorry to hear that Richard has passed away, and  at such a young age. The warm friendly hand he extended to all will be greatly missed.

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