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French Polynesia, Paul Gaugin and a personal mission

An illustrated talk on the astonishing life and career of the celebrated artist, tracing the years of fruitless search for an earthly paradise until his death on the remote Polynesian island of Hiva Oa. Here, more than a century later, John and his wife Jan undertook a personal mission on behalf of the last person to see Gaugin alive.

On Friday October 18th the Association will host a lunchtime meeting at Woodcroft, London Road, Kettering, when Dr John Kilborn will be the guest speaker.

Born in Desborough, John began his secondary education at Kettering Grammar School in 1950. After obtaining A Levels in French, German and Latin he earned a place at Newcastle University in 1957 where he changed from studying languages to following a Science course. On gaining a BSc and PhD he joined the University’s Faculty of Medicine, qualifying as a doctor in 1969. After several years of hospital medicine in Newcastle he moved into pharmaceutical research at Barts Hospital and with pharma companies in England, France and Germany. A Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, he retired in 2011 and lives in Harpendon with Jan. They have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.

The meeting, which is open to members, partners, friends and all past pupils, has an 11.30 am for 12 o’clock start, and the speaker’s address will be followed by a buffet lunch.

The cost will be £10 inclusive of wine.


Michael Tortoishell
67 Gladstone Street
NN14 2QT

Tel 01536 760856

e-mail jantortoishell@hotmail.co.uk

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