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IN tribute to Richard Gray Orton (VR, June 8, 2013, vol 172, p 616), J. R. Elliott writes: Dick Orton was born into a family of dentists on March 21, 1926, in Brecon, Powys.
He grew up in a clinical environment, with the family dining room doubling as the waiting room of his father's dental surgery. (His elder sister, Marion, was to be the first female dental student at Bristol University.) However, despite such influences, he found his calling in the veterinary profession and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1948.
It was while at the College's wartime home of Streatley that he met his future wife, Joan, a student teacher at Reading University. They honeymooned in the Lake District, before he started his first job as an assistant to an eminent equine practitioner, Captain Rutherford, in Fordingbridge, on the edge of the New Forest. He and Joan had intended to emigrate to New Zealand after one year but they were not to know that Fordingbridge would …
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