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Hyndburn medical researcher dies aged 80
1:43pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A FORMER consultant physician and medical researcher has died at the age of 80.
Keith Horsfield, who was born in Hyndburn before working on both sides of the Atlantic, studied medicine at Manchester University.
He subsequently worked at Manchester Royal Infirmary, and in the Bury and Rossendale areas. He moved to Birmingham, where he developed his research into lung form and function.
Dr Horsfield married Judith in 1965, and in 1968 they went to Colorado, where he concentrated on research. On returning to England, his sons Giles and Alastair were born. He became deputy director of the Midhurst Medical Research Institute.
There, Dr Horsfield helped to design a unique research set-up, and became a consultant physician at the former TB sanatorium.
After the institute closed, Dr Horsfield retired to his roots in the north, where he was able to indulge his hobbies.
He had played the clarinet in jazz bands in Manchester, and in Denver, and the Rocky Mountains of America, later transferring to classical music with the Burnley Municipal Orchestra. He was a keen gardener and trout fisherman, and counted butterflies on Warton Crag. He was also a prolific fellwalker, completing all the Wainwrights.
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