- Image: Colonel Alan Arnold Tennent. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch: Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: 1/4-019905-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22904312
- Summary extracted from Obituary: NZMJ 1977 88:492
NAME: ALAN ARNOLD TENNENT
B CHB, UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO (1923)
FRCS – EDININBURG (1926)
MFARACS (1952) FFARACS (1954) FRCGP (1970)
DATE OF BIRTH: 4 SEPTEMBER 1899
DATE OF DEATH: 30 SEPTEMBER 1977
Alan Arthur Tennent was born in Timaru in 1899. After completing medicine at the University of Otago in 1923, he head the United Kingdom where he continued his studies, gaining fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1926.
On returning to New Zealand he took up general practice, only to suspend it with the outbreak of World War II. Tennent enlisted in the New Zealand Medical Corp, where he became Lieutenant Colonel in charge of the 6th New Zealand Field Ambulance. In 1941 he was captured, and shipped off to Italy. He was later repatriated, and was posted to the Pacific Zone.
After the war, Tennent again went into general practice, adding an anaesthetic appointment at Wellington Hospital.
Tennant retired from general practice in 1961 to take up a position with the New Zealand Health Department, was Chair of the Medical Benevolent Fund, and NZMA representative to the Standards Board.
Alan Tennent died on 30 September 1977.
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