b.19 October 1915 d.28 June 1974
MB ChB Sheff(1940) MRCP(1948) MD(1952) FRCP(1966)
Charles Wilfred Lawson was born at Whitwell, Derbyshire, the son of William Wilfred James Lawson, a medical practitioner, and his wife Bertha May, daughter of David Mould, a civil engineer. His father was in practice in the Dukeries for over 50 years, and his grandfather, also a general practitioner, worked at West Bromwich. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Mansfield, and Sheffield University, where he graduated MB ChB in 1940. After being house physician to Sheffield United Hospital, he joined the RAFVR and served in the Middle East throughout the second world war, reaching the rank of squadron-leader and being twice mentioned in despatches, once for dealing with an outbreak of rabies. After the war he returned to Sheffield and took his MRCP in 1948. He then moved to Leicester and was successively senior medical registrar to the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Leicester General Hosital, senior registrar in chest diseases and deputy medical superintendent at the Groby Road Hospital, and obtained his MD in 1952 for his work on the clinical diagnosis of dissecting aneurysm. He was elected a Fellow of the College in 1966.
His main interest was cardiology, but he had considerable experience in diseases of the chest and in infectious diseases. At Groby Road Hospital, where he was appointed consultant in general medicine and cardiology in 1957, he was much involved with the development of the cardiothoracic unit. He was chairman of the Leicester Area Consultants Committee, chairman of the Leicester Committee for Hospital Medical Services, chairman of the Consultant GP Liaison Committee, a member of the Leicester North-West District Medical Committee, a member of the board of the faculty of medicine of Leicester University and a past president of the East Midlands Society of Physicians. He was very hard working, always at hand when help was needed, and keenly interested in the welfare and future of his junior staff.
In 1957 he married Barbara, daughter of Ivor Jones, a civil servant, and they had two daughters. He had a lively personality, full of enthusiasm and humour, and was a Freemason. He was a loyal friend to his colleagues and much in demand for committee work. He enjoyed swimming, gardening, and playing tennis. Above all, his greatest relaxation and pleasure was with his family.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
[Brit.med.J., 1974, 3, 178; Lancet, 1974, 2, 301]
(Volume VI, page 276)
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