Lives of the fellows

Leslie Cunningham

b.23 May 1893 d.30 July 1952
BA Cantab(1914) MB Cantab(1921) MA Cantab(1924) MRCS LRCP(1916) MRCP(1923) FRCP(1942)

Leslie Cunningham was born at Hutton Grammar School near Preston in Lancashire, where his father, the Rev. Thomas Joseph Cunningham, was a schoolmaster. His mother was Ada Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Minneer, a schoolmaster of Tor College, Devon. From Hutton Grammar School he entered Downing College, Cambridge, as a foundation scholar. On qualifying from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1916 he joined the R.A.M.C. On demobilisation, after holding several junior appointments at his parent hospital and at the David Lewis Northern Hospital, Liverpool, he entered consulting practice and was appointed to the staff of the Northern, the Leasowe Children’s, Ormskirk General and Victoria Central (Wallasey) Hospitals.

Cunningham remained a general physician whose wide interests and sound judgments brought him a lucrative practice all over Merseyside. A short, stocky man, difficult to know, speaking only after long consideration and then very little, he was apt to be misjudged by his juniors and his students, until they saw in his care of his patients his innate kindness; in the end they came to love as well as respect him. He was a fair tennis player and golfer, but his favourite recreation was to amuse his two sons and three daughters after a day of devoted service to his beloved Northern Hospital. On June 11th, 1930 he had married Elizabeth Anne, daughter of William Watterson, superintendent of a Government institution in Anglesey. In his later years he suffered greatly from obesity and increasing dyspnoea but died an untimely death from a ruptured appendix.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1952, 2, 342; Lancet, 1952, 2, 297, 344.]

(Volume V, page 92)

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