James Kerr Love

Biography of James Kerr Love

James Kerr Love graduated from the University MB CM in 1880 and MD in 1888. He was born in Beith, Ayrshire and received his early education at Glasgow High School before matriculating at the University in 1876 aged 18 to study for a medical degree. A highly academic student, Kerr won various prizes during his time here, including certificates in Anatomy and Practical Anatomy in his first year. He was also awarded certificates in Surgery, Chemistry and Institutes of Medicine in his second year.

After graduating Kerr worked as an aural surgeon at the Western Infirmary and later served as a surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary for thirty years. He also lectured on Diseases of the Ear at the University of Glasgow. An advocate for the welfare of deaf children, he worked for a time as an aurist to the Glasgow Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and for Glasgow and Dumbarton Education Authorities.

In 1919 he became Fellow of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, and was made honorary fellow in 1933. Love was a friend of Helen Keller, and edited her memoir entitled Helen Keller in Scotland: a personal record written by herself (1933). Love was also widely published himself, writing the textbook Diseases of the Ear for Practitioners and Students, a manual for teachers and school doctors entitled The Deaf Child(1911) and Deafness and Common-Sense (1936).

Love held many offices and was elected president of the Section of Otology at the Royal Society of Medicine in 1924 and Fellow of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society. He passed away on the 31st May 1942 in West Kilbride.


James Kerr Love
Died 31 May 1942.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MB CM, 1880; MD, 1888;
Occupation categories: surgeons
Record last updated: 22nd Aug 2017

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