Obituary of George Richard Cundell MD, MRCS, JP 3 March 1900

Friday, 28 May 2010 11:34 PM BST

Contributed by: Jerry Green

George was married to Emma Rose Major daughter of Dr Harry Hopkins Pearce Major of Hungerford

GEORGE RICHARD CUNDELL, M.D., M.R.C.S., J.P.,
Surgeon, Royal Hospital, Richmond.
THE medical profession in the Thames Valley district has, lost a valued colleague by the death on February 11th, at little over 50 years of age, of Dr. G. R. Cundell, of Kew. He commenced his medical studies by apprenticeship to the Apothecaries Company, serving part of his time with Dr. Major, of Hungerford, Berks. He afterwards proceeded to University College, and was then engaged in the electrical department in India. Returning again to London after a year, he concluded his medical studies at St. Mary's Hospital, and became MRCS.Eng. and L.S.A. in 1875. He took the M.D.Durh. in I893. He served the office of Resident Medical Officer at St. Mark's and the Female Lock Hospital. He settled in practice at Kew, latterly carried on in partnership with his brother, Dr. W. H. Cundell, and with Dr. Burrell. He was Surgeon to the Royal Hospital, Richmond, and was Medical Officer to the Staff of the Royal Gardens at Kew for many years. He wa also Medical Officer to the Kew District of the Richmond Union. He was a member (and for a time Councillor) of the 'Thames Valley Branch of the British Medical Association. Dr. Cundell always displayed much public spirit, and from ihis first settling at Kew we find him identified with many of the local institutions, taking an active interest in the cricket -club and other athletic associations of his " village." On the incorporation of Kew with Richmond, Dr. Cundell became its representative on the Town Council, and rendered valuable service to the community by his assistance on the Health Committee, of which he was for some time the Chairman. In this capacity he had the satisfaction of seeing brought to a practical issue the long-discussed project of an isolation hospital for Richmond ultimately established at Mogden in conjunction with a neighbouring sanitary authority.
In 1896 he was chosen Mayor of Richmond; and in that .oliee presided over the Jubilee celebrations, which in the royal borough of Richmond extended over a week. In addirtion, Dr. Cundell set on foot, as a permanent memorial of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, the "Victoria Endowment 'Fund" for the Richmond Hospital, and during his year of office upwads of £3,000 was raised for this purpose. He was to the last a devoted member of the honorary medical staff of this institution.
The strain of his multifarious efforts for the public weal, in addition to the cares of a large practice, appeared to have affected his health, and for the last year or two his friends had noticed with concern signs of failure. He underwent some monhs ago a severe operation, from which, however, he recovered sufficiently to resume his ordinary avocations, and three days before his death he was going about as usual. Sudden hoematemesis then occurred, and he died after a brief illness, much lamented by a large circle of private and professional friends, and by his former colleagues on the Corporation, many of whom testified their respect by attending his funeral.

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