Obituary: Professor Lynne Wilford Baker

Lynne Baker was born in Potchefstroom on the 28th June 1928. His high school education was at Jeppe Boys’ High School in Johannesburg and he then went to the University of the Witwatersrand, where he qualified with an MB, ChB in 1951. Following this he returned to Potchefstroom and worked as a General Practitioner. He decided to do surgery and began his surgical training at Aberdeen University under Prof Hugh Dudley and Prof George Mavor, one of the pioneers in the management of venous disease and arterial surgery which became major interests of Lynne’s. He completed his Royal College Fellowship in Edinburgh in 1958 and proceeded to Mc Gill University in Montreal, Canada where he completed a Master of Science degree.


Surgery in Cape Town has lost one of its most loyal servants. Harold Spilg had died peacefully on 19th June 2016 in Israel. Harold, as he was known to everyone, was born in Lithuania in 1929.  His family moved to South Africa and settled in Port Elizabeth.  He matriculated from Grey High School in 1946 […]