Lives of the fellows

Colin Oliver Edwards

b.1 November 1916 d.9 August 1996
BA Cantab(1938) MA(1942) MRCS LRCP(1942) MB BChir(1943) MRCP(1952) FRCP( 1972)

Colin Oliver Edwards was a consultant physician at Kingston hospital, specializing in chest diseases. He was born in Somerset, the son of Oliver Edwards and his wife, Winifred Helena Maud (née Taylor). He was educated at Blundell’s School, Tiverton, and later went on to Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge, and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, graduating in 1942. After qualifying he held a house physician post at the Royal Waterloo hospital. He then served as a captain in the RAMC from 1942 to 1946. Returning to civilian life, he became a senior registrar at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Tottenham. He subsequently held posts as assistant physician at Cheam sanatorium, and as a registrar in the thoracic unit at St Helier Hospital. In 1952 he became an assistant chest physician at Mortlake and Kingston Chest Clinic, and was appointed as a consultant physician in 1967.

As a knowledgeable and unassuming chest physician his opinion was frequently sought and valued. Colin was much experienced in the treatment of tuberculosis and as a registrar assisted at operations such as thoracoplasty, phrenic crush, artificial pneumothorax and pneumoperitoneum. He later saw modern day chemotherapy replace these procedures. When cases of tuberculosis started to decline he attended a three month refresher course in general medicine at Hammersmith hospital. He then played a major role in the establishment of the chest and general medical unit at Kingston hospital. He was a member of the editorial board of Chest Disease, Index and Abstracts. His publications included work on tuberculosis, bronchial carcinoma and chronic bronchitis.

He married Dulcie Hylda (née Mather) in 1942. They had no children. His interests outside medicine included dogs, gardening, photography and lawn tennis. He enjoyed hill climbing and travelled in Europe and North Africa in search of Greek and Roman sites and relics. He was a motor car enthusiast and assembled two cars from component parts. Music was also an interest and he had recordings of most of the popular arias and musicals.

With increasing hip problems, he decided to take early retirement in 1980 and moved to Eastbourne. He had three hip replacement operations. He enjoyed the company of his friends, his garden, feeding the birds, walking his dogs and sea bathing.

Geoffrey Knowles

[Brit.med.J., 1996,313,1202]

(Volume X, page 127)

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