Lives of the fellows

Richard Hingston Fox

b.7 November 1853 d.20 April 1924
MD Brux MRCS LSA FRCP(1923)

Hingston Fox was born at Stoke Newington, the third of the seven medical sons of Joseph John Fox, a Quaker surgeon from Cornwall, and his wife Sarah Angell Allen of Stoke Newington. He qualified from the London Hospital in 1874, and, after a resident appointment in the Royal Cornwall Infirmary, made a voyage to Australia as a ship’s surgeon, to ward off threatened pulmonary tuberculosis. On his return he assisted his father in general practice, and at the same time established a footing in Finsbury Circus and began work for life assurance companies, which later claimed a large share of his energies. He began consulting practice in 1902 and was assistant physician to the Mount Vernon Hospital for Consumption from 1916 to 1919. The affairs of the Hunterian Society, of which he was president in 1912, and medical history occupied much of his leisure. He published a book on Dr. John Fothergill and his Friends in 1919. Fox was a quiet and devout man, a Greek and Hebrew scholar, and a student of geology and birds and trees. He married in 1879 Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Tylor, and had one son and seven daughters. He was a brother of R. F. Fox, F.R.C.P. He died at his home at Jordans, Beaconsfield.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1924; B.M.J., 1924; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1925, 18]

(Volume IV, page 586)

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