A tribute to Dr Trevor Strong

Posted by Rachel Brittain on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Trevor and his wife Patricia played a hugely significant role as pioneering Missionaries in India and Nepal from their first visit to Raxual in India in 1948. They had many years working as Doctors in Duncan Hospital, India and later as CMSI Mission Partners in Nepal. They continued to be connected with CMS Ireland on their return from Nepal as Trevor took on responsibilities as the Chairman of the Board.

Trevor and Patricia are fondly remembered by many of the CMSI family for their depth of faith and commitment to mission. They were a great inspiration to all they came into contact with.

We published an letter written by CMSI Mission Associates Mark and Deidre Zimmerman on our website and it featured in our 2014 magazine. Mark reflected on his friendship with Trevor and Patricia and their shared calling to Nepal. Here is a short excerpt from that letter.

I first met Trevor Strong in 1987. I’d come to Nepal to work as a volunteer doctor and he was the director of a mission hospital on the outskirts of Kathmandu. He was a large, engaging man with a shock of pure white hair and a quick smile, his boyish lilt and gestures belying his 70 years.

Trevor invited me back to his house for dinner and I met his wife Patricia. In tandem, they ushered me into their apartment, one bringing out snacks and drinks while the other gave me a seat of honor and dove into conversation. From the start we were like old friends. I asked about their lives and together they told me stories that fed my imagination.

After growing up in Ireland, they’d met in medical school during the Second World War and were posted to a hospital in London during the Blitz. They fell in love and got engaged, making their marriage conditional upon both being accepted to go overseas as medical missionaries. They came to India in 1947 just after its Partition and had to be escorted by soldiers over an embattled land up to the Duncan Hospital on the India-Nepal border. Finding that the institution had been mothballed during the War, they proceeded to revitalize the hospital and its staff.

I’d originally planned to stay in Nepal for only four months, but was soon captivated by the place. When Trevor, who was my boss at Patan Hospital, asked if I’d like to be posted for another year in a hospital in the mountains, I jumped at the idea. After my first two years in Asia – which were the last of the Strongs’ 40 years – I signed on long-term to continue working in Nepal.

Mark Zimmerman full letter

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Strong Family as they say farewell to Trevor on Tuesday 27th September in Foxford Church of Ireland, Co Mayo.

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