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Apr 2003 Journal

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Obituary - Felix Huttrer

Vienna-born Felix Huttrer, who has died aged 77, made a success of his life after beginnings shadowed by tragedy. Losing his father when he was eight, he attended the prestigious Chajes Gymnasium; in the Anschluss year of 1938, burning synagogues put an end to his preparations for barmitzvah.

In March 1939 he arrived in England on a Kindertransport and found a temporary home at a Yorkshire boarding school. Having gained the school certificate, he went to an orthodox hostel in Bradford. He found employment first in a garage, then in a radio repair shop, and studied in the evening. At 18 he moved to London, where, by dint of hard work and diligent study, he was ready by 1958 – four years after marrying into the redoubtable Brainin clan – to set up a firm specialising in the application of technology to medicine. Over the years his firm introduced valuable new techniques in cancer research and orthopaedic surgery into the UK.

Felix was a rather private person but he maintained strong links to the refugee community. A loyal AJR member, he felt a special attachment to fellow ex-Bradfordians, for whom he helped organise several reunions over the years.
Richard Grunberger

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