Edward Shotter
Edward Shotter smiling, looking left of camera
Shotter receiving his Beecher Award on 9 December 2016, following the 2016 Lewis Headley Public Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine, London
Born(1933-06-29)29 June 1933
Died3 July 2019(2019-07-03) (aged 86)
EducationHumberstone Foundation School
Durham University
Offices held
Dean of Rochester

Edward Frank Shotter (29 June 1933 – 3 July 2019) was an Anglican priest.

Shotter was educated at Humberstone Foundation School and Durham University and ordained in 1961.[1][2] He began his ordained ministry as a curate at St Peter's Plymouth, after which he was intercollegiate secretary of the Student Christian Movement (SCM). From 1966 to 1989, he was director of studies at the London Medical Group and was appointed Dean of Rochester, a post he held until retirement in 2003.[3]

Shotter is most notable for founding the London Medical Group in the mid-1960s. This was a forum for the discussion of the ethical issues of medicine and grew out of his work with the Student Christian Movement, the Diocese of London, and the London Medical Deaneries. This group was widely exported to other UK medical schools. The group, its activities, and members presaged the Society for the Study of Medical Ethics, later the Institute of Medical Ethics, which set up the Journal of Medical Ethics. Despite being involved with the LMG and its descendant organisations for over four decades, he never lectured on any particular medical ethical topic. He only ever chaired two meetings of the LMG, once because of the last-minute cancellation of the arranged chair.[4] Ensuring that LMG was not seen as a 'chaplaincy exercise' was important to its success; Shotter ensured its impartiality and the even-handed representation of all parties in debates.[5]

On 9 December 2016, Shotter was presented with the Hastings Center's Henry Knowles Beecher Award for 2017.[6][7]

He died on 3 July 2019, four days after his 86th birthday.[8][9]


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  2. ^ Crockfords(London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  3. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  4. ^ Whong-Barr, Michael. "Clinical Ethics Teaching in Britain: a History of the London Medical Group." New Review of Bioethics 1, no. 1 (November 2003): 73–84. p. 77
  5. ^ Reynolds, L.A., and E.M. Tansey, eds. Medical Ethics Education in Britain, 1963-1993. London: UK: Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 2007. Available from: http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/14885/ Archived 25 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine p. 117
  6. ^ Ethics, Institute of Medical. "Institute of Medical Ethics > Event Booking". ime.datawareonline.co.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Henry Knowles Beecher Award - The Hastings Center". thehastingscenter.org. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  8. ^ Edward Shotter
  9. ^ "The Very Reverend Edward Shotter, Dean of Rochester and pioneer of medical ethics – obituary". The Telegraph. 1 August 2019. (registration required)