Professor David Easty 1933-2022
It was with sadness that we learnt of the death in January 2022 of David Easty, for 27 years Consultant in Ophthalmology at Bristol Eye Hospital, the first Professor of Ophthalmology at Bristol University, founder of the National Eye Research Centre (now Sight Research UK) and Chairman of Friends of Bristol Eye Hospital from 2003 until 2009.
David was a member of the Friends from 1979 and a loyal supporter. We were honoured and delighted when, after retiring from a long and distinguished career in the course of which corneal transplant surgery was transformed, he became our Chairman. During his tenure he instituted numerous fundraising events and activities which increased our profile, doubled our revenue from such events and set a new standard.
A patient recently wrote: “David Easty was my corneal consultant for nearly 20 years and performed a complicated transplant on a congenital glaucoma eye. The care he gave me through a succession of post-operative problems was second to none. Nothing was too much trouble and he supported me through many crises. I felt we were in it together and that he wanted the better vision I craved almost as much as I did.” – a heart-felt tribute giving a patient’s perspective on David’s skill and care as a consultant.
We remember David with huge gratitude and affection.
23 March 2022, archived on 29 July 2022