Lives of the fellows

Clifford James Fuller

b.6 March 1899 d.19 July 1965
CBE(1965) BM BCh Oxon(1924) DM Oxon(1929) Hon LLD Exeter(1960) MRCP(1926) FRCP(1941)

Clifford James Fuller, who was to become well-known throughout the West Country, was born in Mauritius, but brought up at Dunster in Somerset. His father, Walter James Fuller, was an analytical chemist; his mother was Edith Vigar, daughter of John Davis, a brewer. He had been up at Queen’s College, Oxford, from the New College Choir School for a short time when he was commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1917. Following graduation he held posts from house physician and resident medical officer to first assistant to the medical unit at University College Hospital until 1929, when he was appointed physician to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Very soon he was recognised as a sound consultant, and therefore was eminently suited to serve on the committee of the College on the structure of the National Health Service and as an original medical member of the South Western Regional Hospital Board. From 1950 he devoted great energy to the development of medical services in. the Exeter area, and he played a leading part in the setting up of the Postgraduate Medical Institute of the University in 1963. These services were recognised in his election as Mayor of Exeter, 1956-7, in an honorary LL.D, from its University in 1960, and in membership of the University Council from 1964. In 1965 he was made a C.B.E.

A gentle man, with a shy smile, he was always ready to help junior colleagues. His main interest was in diseases of the chest in which he was an expert in ‘farmer’s lung’. His hobbies were those of a true countryman: reading, shooting, fishing and gardening.

In 1932 he married Katherine Alison Pumphry, daughter of Thomas Barclay Robertson, of the Indian Civil Service. They had no family.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1965, 2, 306 (p); Exeter Express and Echo, 19 Mar. 1956; Lancet, 1965, 2, 247 (p); Times, 30 July 1965.]

(Volume V, page 143)

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