Lives of the fellows

John Fawcett

b.13 August 1866 d.18 February 1944
MB BS Lond(1890) MD FRCS(1892) FRCP(1902)

John Fawcett, the son of John Bisdee Fawcett, of Lloyd’s, went to Dulwich College as a boy and Guy’s Hospital as a student. Having graduated as M.B, B.S, in 1890, he became F.R.C.S. in 1892. He held junior appointments and the Beaney research scholarship at Guy’s, and in 1899 was appointed to its honorary staff. From assistant physician he rose to be full physician in 1906, and consulting physician in 1926. He was dean of the Medical School from 1900 to 1903. He was also assistant physician to the Royal Free Hospital for a time, and during the War of 1914-1918 was attached to the 2nd General Hospital at Chelsea. He examined for both Royal Colleges as well as for the Universities of London, Sheffield and Wales, acted as Censor of the Royal College of Physicians, and represented the College on the Senate of London University from 1920 to 1929. He was the Board of Health’s representative on the General Nursing Council and sat on several departmental committees. "Honest John" Fawcett was primarily a hospital physician — dependable, punctual and thorough, if also old-fashioned. Although not inspiring as a teacher, he had the virtue of treating both patients and students as human beings. Chronic ill health in retirement did not prevent him from giving valuable service to the Invalid Children’s Association, Epsom College, and his old school, or from enjoying a day’s shooting or walking or golf. He married in 1899 May Fleming, daughter of Herbert Fleming Baxter, and had a son and a daughter. He died in London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1944; B.M.J., 1944]

(Volume IV, page 437)

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