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College Roll: Hurley, Peter John

Qualifications: MB ChB NZ (1962) MRACP (1966) MD Otago (1969) FRACP (1973)

Born: 6/1/1940

Died: 16/8/1983

Peter was one of the most gifted young physicians of his generation. He was born in Bathurst, NSW, the family moving to Auckland when he was four. His early schooling was as the Good Shepherd Convent School and then at St Peter's College where he was dux. From school he gained a National University Scholarship and after his intermediate year at the University of Auckland entered the Otago Medical School. He was president of Aquinas Hall of Residence and on graduation with distinctions became a house surgeon and registrar at Auckland Hospital.

In 1968 he was a research fellow in the medical unit, Auckland Hospital and from 1969 for three years research assistant in nuclear medicine and fellow at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore. On his return to Auckland he built up the department of nuclear medicine and played a prominent part in the advancement of academic studies in the department of medicine.

Music was his joy and relaxation. From an early age he played the piano and his baby grand was his prized possession. As a student he was prominent in the theatre and in Auckland he was a member of the Dorian Singers taking part in two of their very successful overseas tours. He was a quiet and modest man with many talents. The prolonged and distressing illness which ended his life prematurely was born with courage and dignity illuminated by his unobtrusive but abiding faith which never failed or faltered.