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St Peter's 13-18

Peter Dench

Peter Dench (Temple, 1938-1943 and St Olave’s School from 1935-38) has passed away aged 91.

During his time at St Peter's, Peter performed in the school play, Anthony and Cleopatra, inspiring his younger sister, Judi, to take up acting.

After St Peter’s, Peter studied medicine at Cambridge, following in the footsteps of his father, Reginald, a York GP. Peter went on to have a long and distinguished serving as a doctor with the military, becoming one of the first medics ever to use a military helicopter, during the Malayan conflict.  In 1977, he visited Buckingham Palace to receive the Territorial Decoration, awarded for long service.

Back in York, Peter worked at a maternity hospital in Acomb before becoming a GP, working at surgeries on Priory Street, Rawcliffe Lane and Kingsway North. He would later move to Green Hammerton, with his wife, Daphne, for the last decade of his career.

Upon retiring, Peter continued to serve the York community as a guide at the Minster until his mid-80s. He is survived by his children, Simon and Louise