Published November 19, 2018 v 11:26 am | category  uncategorizedPrint

Kester Brown



Kester Brown AM, MB ChB, MD, FANZCA, FRCA passed away on November 14th in Melbourne.
A short overview of his career for the younger ones who did not have the chance to meet him… Born in Kenya, he studied medicine at St Andrews in Scotland and was a general practitioner in Yellowknife, a small town on the North Western territories of Canada, before training in anaesthesia in Vancouver, Toronto and Melbourne.
Kester was Director of Anaesthesia at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne from 1974 to 2000. He was an outstanding clinician, mentor and teacher and is remembered by the many anaesthetists around the world who were trained or spent time at Royal Children’s Hospital. Kester was very proud of this worldwide network, which was highlighted by pins on a large map in his office. He was also very active in the Education Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), and was WFSA President from 2000 to 2004. Kester travelled extensively to improve the teaching and practice of safe anaesthesia, as demonstrated in his 2004 book “Catalyst: Medical Memoirs of a World Anaesthetist”. Among many accolades, he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI) in 2001. He was also a very keen photographer and painter.
Kester was one of the pioneers in paediatric anaesthesia. And above all he was, and remains, an example of a kind, scientifically curious man with sparkling eyes and a contagious smile. He made us feel part of a family, the one that cares for children under anaesthesia.
Our thoughts are with Janet, Kester’s wife, and his family.

Suellen Walker & Francis Veyckemans