Lives of the fellows

Courtenay Nisbet Courtenay-Evans

b.22 September 1904 d.29 January 1972
MRCS LRCP(1928) MB BS Lond(1929) MD(1932) MRCP(1931) FRCP(1963)

Courtenay Evans was born in London, where his father was Rector of St. Dunstan’s in the West, Fleet Street.

He had the orthodox education of the professional class of the time, going from Egerton’s to Westminster School. He proceeded to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, winning the Harvey Prize in Physiology and, after qualifying, became house physician to Lord Horder, a much sought after appointment. He continued his training in general medicine at the Hospital, developing an interest in cardiology with the encouragement of Geoffrey Bourne. He was appointed to the Consultant Staff of the Royal Chest Hospital, City Road, which he served from 1936-1952. He was also Consultant Physician at the Princess Beatrice (1953) and Saint Mark’s (1954) Hospitals. During the War he joined the Emergency Medical Service, working in Hertfordsire as a general physician.

In 1934 he married Diana, daughter of Brig.-Gen. Philip Maud, CMG, by whom he had two sons, the older, Rupert, following his father’s profession. His first wife died in 1959, and in 1962 he married Kathryn Jesse Eckford, a state registered nurse.

Courtenay had a great presence, a big man who combined hard work with a zest for life. A son of the manse, other folk’s business was of deep concern to him and like all gossips, he was always good company. He practised in Wimpole Street and wrote a number of articles in medical journals on clinical aspects of cardiology, for he was essentially a practitioner. In his youth he played tennis with more than average skill.

AW Franklin

[Brit.med.J., 1972, 1, 754]

(Volume VI, page 123)

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