John Walton, Baron Walton of Detchant

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The Lord Walton of Detchant

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In a House of Lords debate in 2015.
President of the Royal Society of Medicine
In office
1984–1986
Preceded bySir James Watt
Succeeded bySir Gordon Robson
Warden of Green College, Oxford
In office
1983–1989
President of the General Medical Council
In office
1982–1989
President of the British Medical Association
In office
1980–1982
Personal details
Born
John Nicholas Walton

(1922-09-16)16 September 1922
Died21 April 2016(2016-04-21) (aged 93)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
NationalityBritish
Political partyNone (crossbencher)
Alma materUniversity of Durham
AwardsKnight Bachelor (1979)
Life Peer (1989)
Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

John Nicholas Walton, Baron Walton of Detchant Kt (16 September 1922 – 21 April 2016[1]) was a British neuroscientist, academic, and life peer who sat in the House of Lords as a crossbencher.

Life[edit]

Lord Walton qualified from Newcastle Medical School (then part of the University of Durham). Walton was President of the British Medical Association (BMA) from 1980-82, President of the General Medical Council (GMC) 1982-89 and President of the Royal Society of Medicine from 1984-86. He was also appointed second Warden of Green College, Oxford in 1983, where he stayed until 1989. Green College merged with Templeton College, Oxford in 2008 to become Green Templeton College, located on the site that was previously Green College.

Having been knighted in 1979,[2] Walton was created a life peer on 24 July 1989 as Baron Walton of Detchant, of Detchant in the County of Northumberland[3] and sat as a crossbencher. In 1992 he became a member of the Science and Technology Committee, leaving in 1996, returning in 1997 and leaving again in 2001. From 1993-94 he was Chair of the Medical Ethics committee. He was Secretary of the Rare Diseases Group from 2009 until his death.

He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[4] He was Patron of The Little Foundation, Honorary Life President of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Vice President of Parkinson's UK and Honorary Chairman of the United Kingdom Medical Students' Association (UKMSA).[citation needed]

Death[edit]

Lord Walton of Detchant died on 21 April 2016, aged 93.[5]

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of John Walton, Baron Walton of Detchant
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Coronet
A Coronet of a Baron
Crest
Issuant from Clouds proper a Sea-Horse Argent the Piscine Part proper crined and finned Or holding between the forelegs a Cross Formy quadrate fitchy at the foot Purpure
Escutcheon
Paly wavy Argent and Gules a Castle triple towered Purpure on a Chief of the last three Crosses Formy quadrate Gold
Supporters
Dexter: a Boar Gold suspended from the neck by a Riband Purpure a Clarion pipes downwards Gules; Sinister: a Greyling Goose proper
Motto
DIEU DEFEND LE DROIT
French: GOD DEFEND THE RIGHT

References[edit]

  1. ^ Notice of knighthood bestowed on John Nicholas Walton, the gazette.co.uk; accessed 27 April 2016.
  2. ^ "No. 47812". The London Gazette. 6 April 1979. p. 4623.
  3. ^ "No. 51823". The London Gazette. 27 July 1989. p. 8725.
  4. ^ "Gruppe 7: Medisinske fag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  5. ^ Notice of death of Lord Walton of Detchant, parliament.uk; accessed 27 April 2016.

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