Mrs. Yvonne Pyne-James - 13 April 1934  – 10 April 2017

It was with great sadness that the office bearers and administrative staff of the Association, and the surgical community in general, heard of the sudden demise of Mrs. Yvonne Pyne-James earlier this week.

Yvonne served the Association of Surgeons of South Africa the Surgeons of South Africa faithfully and reliably for more than 15 years. During that time, and with great devotion and expertise, she organised more than 25 Congresses.

The interests and education of Surgeons throughout the country was enhanced through her efforts. She carried this out in a quiet, selfless manner and always promoted the interests of ASSA and surgery in South Africa.

She acted as the Secretariat for the Association of Surgeons of South Africa and Surgicom for a prolonged period of time. She was always available to guide and assist surgeons.

Yvonne’s outstanding contribution was recognised with the awarding of the Association’s Distinguished Service Award at the Associations plenary session in Cape Town at the 2011 ASSA Congress.  This award is bestowed on individuals in the surgical fraternity who have provided exceptional service to surgical patients and to the community over a long period with particular emphasis on the aspect of selfless contribution. She is thus far the only non-surgeon to have been recognized with this award.

Yvonne is survived by her partner Peter Ferrett, her two sons Gareth and Bryn, and their respective spouses Susan and Corinne, five grandchildren, one great grandchild and her longstanding business partner and previous daughter-in-law Amanda.

She will be remembered and sadly missed by the South African Surgical Community.

On behalf of the Association of Surgeons of South Africa

Dr Paul Cooke

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