W. Graham Cannon (1925-2018)

Today I attended the service of thanksgiving for the life of Mr Cannon, who died earlier this month at the age of 92. He was a remarkable gentleman and had a lifelong interest in history and especially the history of Addenbrooke’s. He co-authored the ‘History of Addenbrooke’s,’ and was one of the instigators in establishing the Archives of the Hospital.

This is a tribute written by Keith Day MBE.

Graham was responsible for overseeing the construction and commissioning of Stage II of the ‘New Site’ Addenbrooke’s buildings, which at the time was the largest hospital contract ever let in the UK.

Graham joined Addenbrooke’s in 1960, and in 1962 he was appointed House Governor (Chief Executive) and Secretary to the Board of Governors, a role which he retained until 1974.

Along with Sir Francis Pemberton, Graham was a founder trustee of the Addenbrooke’s Recreational and Development Trust that built, owned and ran the Frank Lee Centre. He was also a co-author of the definitive History of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and a founder member of the Addenbrooke’s Art Project.

He was then appointed Area Administrator to the newly formed Cambridgeshire Area Health Authority (Teaching), which combined all the health services in the county under the control of one body for the first time. Graham subsequently went on to become the Director of the King’s Fund in London.

Graham retained a lively interest in, and supporter of, all matters relating to Addenbrooke’s until his death.

The Trust flag is being flown at half-mast today.

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