Derreck Tomlinson1919 - 1987 (68 years)
Name Derreck Tomlinson Born 1 Aug 1919 Auckland, New Zealand Gender Male Died 6 Nov 1987 Person ID I20107 Whitton Last Modified 22 Jun 2020
Father Charles Edward Tomlinson, b. 29 Aug 1885, Nelson, New Zealand , d. 5 Oct 1964, Nelson, New ZEaland (Age 79 years) Relationship natural Mother Marjorie Joyce Whitton, b. 1886, New Zealand , d. 23 Apr 1959, Auckland New Zealand (Age 73 years) Relationship natural Married 16 Jun 1915 Family ID F6300 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Living Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 Family ID F8176 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Derrick Tomlinson died peacefully in the home he loved aged 68, from melanoma after a long struggle against skin cancers. Born in Auckland he was the only child of Charles Edward Tomlinson, co-founder of Motor Specialities Limited, and Marjorie (née Whitton). On his mother's side there had been two doctors, brothers who had practised in the South Island after qualifying in Ireland.
He was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and graduated from Otago Medical School in 1945. After house surgeon and registrar posts at Auckland Hospital he undertook postgraduate medical studies in London, with a post at Hammersmith Hospital. Gastroenterology training in the USA followed but, at heart a general physician, on his return to Auckland he entered private practice as a consultant to the Auckland Hospital Board. A wise and practical physician, the greater part of his professional life was spent at Middlemore Hospital and at the Diabetic Clinic, Auckland Hospital, having developed an interest and expertise in the management of diabetes. He was appointed a medical examiner for the AMP Society.
Good at tennis and golf, he excelled at skiing. A member of the Ruapehu Ski Club, he took his family on skiing trips to Europe and Colorado. He continued a business interest in Motor Specialities Ltd. A devoted family man, he tended a large garden at his beautiful home. His other interests were wide - a love of books, early NZ painting, classical music and driving fine cars. Tall and well dressed he bubbled with the joys of living. Courteous and witty he was immediately at ease with people. He was survived by his wife Diana (née Binsted) daughter of a distinguished Auckland dentist and three daughters.