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Widespread shock at death of Prof Paddy Johnston 04.06.17

THERE has been widespread shock and sadness across Derry and Donegal at the sudden death of leading cancer specialist Professor Paddy Johnston.
Mr Johnston, the vice-chancellor of Queen's University, Belfast, died today during a visit to the Inishowen peninsula where he has had a holiday home for some years.
Queen's University made the announcement of their colleague's unexpected death with a "deep sense of shock and loss".
"We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Iseult, his wife, and their four boys, Seamus, Eoghan, Niall and Ruairi, and the wider family circle at this desperately sad time. We will provide further updates in due course," a spokesperson said.
Mr Johnston (59), who was from the Waterside, Derry, had strong family connections to the Desertegney area outside Buncrana. He and his family enjoyed regular visits to their holiday home near Dunree on the shores of Lough Swilly.
Paddy Johnston.
His brother William previously served as Garda Superintendent of the Buncrana District.
Prof Johnston was educated at St Columb’s College, Derry and University College, Dublin, where he gained his MB BCh degree in Medicine in 1982.
The popular academic was the first person to be appointed president and vice-chancellor from within the staff of Queen’s since the appointment of Sir Peter Froggatt in 1976.
He was awarded a fellowship in 1987 at the National Cancer Institute at Bethesda, Maryland, where he began further clinical training in medical oncology. He was promoted senior investigator there in 1991.
The father-of-four joined Queen’s University in 1996 as Professor of Oncology, later leading the establishment of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology. For funeral details click here .
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