John Wedgwood (doctor)

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John Wedgwood CBE (28 September 1919 – 30 August 2007), was until his death the heir presumptive to the barony Wedgwood, as elder son of the second son of the 1st Baron Wedgwood. He was a noted British physician, whose death was commemorated with a long obituary in The Daily Telegraph. His area of specialisation was geriatric medicine and improving conditions for elderly patients

John Wedgwood was the elder son of the Hon. Josiah Wedgwood by his wife the former Dorothy Mary Winser. He was educated at Abbotsholme School and then at Trinity College, Cambridge before going onto Guy's Hospital. He studied surgery but was wounded during the Second World War which left him unable to stand for long periods of time and therefore unable to practice surgery. He switched to general medicine initially specialising in cardiology before becoming interesting in geriatric and disability medicine. In 1987 he was appointed CBE for his work.

He was twice married, and had issue three sons and two daughters by his first wife Margaret Mason whom he married 1943 and divorced 1971. He was also survived by his second wife Jo Tamlyn (née Ripsher) whom he married in 1972.

  • Antony John Wedgwood (born 31 January 1944)
  • Judith Margaret Susanna Wedgwood (born 24 August 1946), married firstly Christopher Anthony Wingfield Tracy, of Wimbledon, London SW19, son of David Quinn Wingfield Tracy, of Bickley, co. Kent, and secondly in 1986 (Kevin) Dominic Hall Brennan, and has issue by both husbands.
  • Simon James Josiah Wedgwood (born 3 October 1949)
  • Nicholas Ralph Wedgwood (born 30 June 1951)
  • Katherine Sarah Wedgwood (born 24 November 1955); married 22 April 1988 Ian Reed Stanbury, of Harewood Cottage, Chicksgrove, co. Wiltshire, and has issue.

From 1970, he was the heir presumptive to his nephew, the 4th Baron Wedgwood. His eldest son, Antony John Wedgwood, succeeded as the 5th Baron in January 2014.

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