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Dr John Weaver, RVH physician: Eminent doctor who made 27 parachute jumps in WWII

Dr John Weaver, who has died aged 90 after a long illness, was a renowned figure at the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he became a consultant physician in 1959.

He came home to study medicine at Queen's University after a distinguished military career in India in the Second World War, during which he made 27 parachute jumps while serving with the 5th Royal Gurkha Regiment.

"After all that parachute action, John was reluctant for the rest of his life to fly," said his friend and colleague, Professor Brew Atkinson.

Professor Atkinson, honorary professor of endocrinology at Queen's, added: "John was one of Ireland's most eminent physicians and a prominent figure in Ulster life. He was one of a small number of Northern Ireland physicians to serve as President of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland."

An old boy of Bangor Grammar, John joined the Army from school in 1942 and was eventually posted to India and commissioned into the 5th Gurkhas.

He became a hero in action with those memorable jumps. He took part in the defence of Imphal against the Japanese and ended the war with the rank of Major.

Back in civvy street, Weaver graduated from QUB with honours in 1950 and took up a post-graduate appointment in pathology.

He attained membership of the Royal College of Physicians and received his doctorate in medicine with a commendation before taking up a UK Medical Research Council Fellowship to study endocrinology at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA.

John, whose home was at Adelaide Park in Belfast, was a founder member and later chairman of the Corrigan Club, an Irish medical society set up to promote friendship among physicians from north and south.

He was also appointed a senator at QUB and was awarded an OBE and served as Deputy Lieutenant for Co Down.

John Weaver was cremated at Roselawn and afterwards there was a thanksgiving service in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church. He is survived by wife Iris and two sons.

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