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9th of December 1935, Tumutumu, Kenya
14th November 2018
St Andrews University, Scotland (founded 1413)
MB.ChB. (1960), FFARACS (1967), MD. Melbourne (1980) FANZCA (1992), Hon FRCA
(1992), Hon. FCA SA (2002), Licentiate, Royal Photographic Society (2013)
Tricyclic antidepressant overdosage, including safety packaging. (MD), Deep
hypothermia for infant cardiac surgery, Burns particularly in relation to
muscle relaxants. Something in most areas of pediatric anaesthesia. Collaborative research with Monash Electrical engineers, Pharmacy College, RMIT
Applied chemistry, Melbourne University Anatomy Dept. (Dissections for anaesthetists
for nerve blocks).
Publications: 160 papers (Including co-authored papers with 30 members of other departments).
Kester was particularly interested in teaching and training. About a
Hundred overseas anaesthetists were trained while he was director. They came
from 40 countries and all but two returned home where many of them became
teachers and leaders in the specialty. Using long service leave in increments
enabled Kester to lecture and teach overseas in 70 countries.
Kester's administration style aimed to get the best staff by enabling them
to contribute to the department and develop their interests and talents. As
Divisional director Kester visited the department heads in his division
regularly, usually in their office.
Kester believes he was lucky to work in an era when he could do good
clinical work (at least 5 sessions per week), to teach, do research, and
administration effectively. This is almost impossible to do now because of all
the red tape.
Licentiate of Royal Photographic Society, Victorian Chapter. Kester has
twice had photographs selected for exhibitions in UK.
Member of Victorian Artists Society. Kester has been twice highly commended
for his work.
Tennis - Kester was runner up in Kenya Boys doubles, and singles junior
champion in Parklands, Kenya (1953).
Hockey - Kester played until he was 54 years old. He captained at St Andrews
University and Scottish Universities.
Family was very important to Kester. He had 5 children.
Kester enjoyed gardening until shortly before his death.