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Frank reflects on his education at Oswestry School

Founder's Day means so much to so many Old Oswestrians, and this year its passing compelled Frank Turner (leaver, 1952) to contact us.
20 Nov 2021
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Frank Turner
Frank Turner


1950's OOs

Now living in Western Canada Frank wanted to send his apologies for not attending the Founder's Day celebrations in person. He said that he often thinks about Oswestry and the School, and reflects on what a good education did for his career. 

In his own words:

Leaving school in 1952 after re-painting the LAST DAY (then a privilege as Head Boy), I studied Medicine at Edinburgh University and then emigrated to Canada where I eventually was a Professor at the University of Alberta. Tiring of 20 years in the cold climate of Edmonton I moved on to a private practice in British Colombia (BC) where I continued my work with the profession, eventually becoming President of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.

At 65 I retired and moved to the Bahamas where I had been asked to fill a vacancy and also introduce laparoscopic surgery to the island of Grand Bahama. At 70 I retired from that practice to return to Canada where I continue my academic career as an instructor in surgery.

My point is that I firmly believe the education I received at Oswestry was the foundation of a successful career and I will forever be grateful to the teachers who in-grained good behaviour and good work habits in me.

I know it's early but Merry Christmas!

Frank Turner, M.B., Ch.B., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.(C)., F.A.C.S.

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