Lives of the fellows

Leonard Langton

b.2 May 1921 d.16 November 1981
MB ChB Leeds(1944) MD(1950) MRCP(1951) FRCP(1980) DMRD(1953) FFR(1967)

Leonard Langton was the son of Myer Leventhall, a wholesale grocer and provision merchant in Leeds. After schooling in Leeds at the Roundhay School, he entered the medical school in Leeds, qualifying in 1944 with a distinction in therapeutics. His early hospital appointments were in Leeds and Birmingham, but he then went back to Yorkshire for SHO and registrar posts in Halifax, where he had a considerable experience in general medicine and then passed the MRCP. At that stage in his career he turned to radiology, acquiring training in Sheffield and then Birmingham.

In 1960 he was appointed consultant radiologist, Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham; and consultant neuroradiologist to the Midland Centre for Neurosurgery and Neurology; consultant radiologist to the Birmingham Eye Hospital; and honorary consultant neuroradiologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital. These posts he held till his sudden death at Dudley Road Hospital.

Leonard Langton was a quiet, soft spoken man with an easy friendly manner. In his early years he was athletic, playing rugby for Leeds Medicals and Leeds University. Latterly he became interested in gardening, largely through his wife Sheila (née Ryder); they both held office in the ‘Friends of the Botanical Gardens’ in Birmingham and lectured and worked organizing sales in support of the Gardens. Leonard’s wife died tragically about a year before Leonard, and it was a blow his friends felt he superficially surmounted but never really recovered from. Throughout his professional career in Birmingham he was well known for the balanced authoritative opinion he gave on a variety of radiological problems, especially in the field of neuroradiology.

Quiet and self-effacing, his death in service saddened a wide circle of colleagues. He had a brother and sister but no children.

B McConkey

[J. Fac. Radiol., 1959, 10, 86-94; 1954, 6, 134-138]

(Volume VII, page 332)

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