Adrian Marston, former Dean and Honorary Fellow, dies aged 89

Thursday 21 April 2016

The RSM is saddened to announce that former RSM Academic Dean and Honorary Fellow, Adrian Marston, died peacefully aged 89 on 7 April 2016.

Adrian Marston, christened Jeffery Adrian Priestley Marston, was born in London on 15 December 1927. Educated at Marlborough College (1941-45), Magdalen College, Oxford (1945-48) and St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School (1948-51), he led a distinguished medical career spanning decades.

Undertaking his National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps, Mr Marston went on to work as a Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer at Middlesex Hospital, Royal Northern Hospital and later University College London. His interests lay in vascular surgery, and he published over 130 works in the field.

Mr Marston played an integral role in the Royal Society of Medicine’s academic programme, starting with his time as Honorary Secretary of the Surgery Section from 1971-73 and then its President from 1979-80.

He went on to become the Royal Society of Medicine’s second ever Academic Dean, serving from 1995-1999. Recognised for his significant contribution to the way the academic programme is run today, Mr Marston was responsible for directing the policy and strategy of the RSM’s academic programme, ensuring the provision of high quality educational services for all medical professionals.

Ms Marty Adair, former Conference Director at the RSM, said: “He was a hugely innovative physician with an immense knowledge of the medical spectrum. He not only increased the RSM conferences but added his personal touch by instigating ‘Conversazione’ evenings when a high profile individual – from Germaine Greer to Ken Livingstone, with a respected range of physicians and surgeons in between – was invited to give a private lecture to RSM members.“

Mr Marston was Vice President of the RSM from 1998-2000. In 2007 he was invited to become an Honorary Fellow, and his portrait still graces the passage to the Academic Department on the third floor at No. 1 Wimpole Street.

He was also a Fellow of the Royal College Surgeons, serving as Vice President from 1986-1994, President of the Association Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (1986), and founding member and President of the Vascular Surgical Society (1985).

He is survived by his wife Sylvie and children Joanna, John and Nick. The RSM offers our condolences.


Professor Robin Williamson, President of the RSM from 2008 to 2010, reflects on Adrian Marston’s contribution to the work of the Society.