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Roy Duckworth CBE



Roy died peacefully on 16 September 2020, aged 91. He is survived and missed by his beloved wife Marjorie, sons Michael and Stephen, daughter Anne, nine grandsons, former colleagues at the Royal London Hospital, and friends worldwide.

Roy Duckworth qualified in both dentistry and medicine at the University of Liverpool, subsequently gaining several higher qualifications. After service in the RAF Dental Branch, he moved to London in 1959 as a Nuffield Fellow to work at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Guy's Hospital Dental School. He joined the staff of the London (now Royal London), Whitechapel in 1961 and remained there for the rest of his very distinguished career.

Roy made rapid progress through the academic ranks, becoming Professor and Head of the Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology in 1968. In 1969, he took over the mantle of the Dean of Dental Studies from Geoffrey Slack and carried out those duties with great distinction for six years. From 1986-94, Professor Duckworth was Dean of the Medical College at a time of great change when a clear mind and steady hand at the helm were essential.

Outside The London, Roy made many significant contributions to the profession. He was elected Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1983, and also held office at various times as President of the British Society of Periodontology, the British Society of Oral Medicine, and the British Dental Association in 1990. He served on numerous important committees and advisory bodies, both nationally and internationally, and was Editor of the International Dental Journal for many years. Professor Duckworth's outstanding contributions were very deservedly recognised by the award of the CBE in 1987. It was highly appropriate for Roy to be one of the first recipients of the Geoffrey Layton Slack Medal, since he was a patient of Geoffrey prior to taking up dentistry as a career.

For those who have had the privilege of working with Roy Duckworth over the years, he remained above all a good friend and a respected colleague.

Stephen Duckworth

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Roy Duckworth CBE. Br Dent J 229, 410 (2020).

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