Lives of the fellows

William Arthur Foxwell

b.13 July 1853 d.4 August 1909
BA Lond(1873) BA Cantab(1877) MA MD Cantab MSc Birm FRCP(1892)

Arthur Foxwell was born at Shepton Mallet, the third son of Thomas Somerton Foxwell of Weston-super-Mare by his second wife Jane, daughter of William Handcock of Jersey. After a schooling at Queen’s College, Taunton, and having taken the London B.A. degree in 1873, he read natural sciences at St. John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1877. His medical training proper took place at St. Thomas’s Hospital and Vienna. When he had qualified in 1881, he held resident appointments at St. Thomas’s, the Brompton Hospital, the Manchester Children’s Hospital, Pendlebury, and the Birmingham General Hospital. At this last he became assistant physician in 1885 but resigned after four years, on appointment as physician to the Queen’s Hospital, Birmingham. In his early days in Birmingham he was demonstrator of medical pathology at Queen’s College, and in his last years he was professor of therapeutics in the University. He delivered the Ingleby lectures at Birmingham in 1892 and the Bradshaw Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians in 1899. Foxwell favoured the climatic treatment of disease and paid many visits to Continental resorts. He was largely responsible for the construction of a roof ward in the Queen’s Hospital. He was a hard worker who expected hard work from his students. He married in 1889 Lisette, daughter of Charles Hollins of Torquay and widow of Robert Pollock. He left one daughter. Foxwell died in the Warneford Hospital, Leamington, as a result of a bicycle accident.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1909; B.M.J., 1909; D.N.B., 2nd Suppl., ii, 53; Al.Cantab., ii, 559]

(Volume IV, page 355)

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