Lives of the fellows

Frederick Donald Herbert Blois Lawton

b.30 November 1886 d.16 July 1961
OBE(1919) MB BS Melb(1913) MRCP(1919) FRCP(1932) FRACP(1938)

Blois Lawton was descended from a medical family. His grandfather, John, practised in Suffolk; his father, Frederick, who graduated from Guy’s Hospital in 1863 and became house physician to Sir William Gull, emigrated to Australia in 1868. His mother was formerly Margaret McLean. His parents died before he was eleven years old, and he was placed in the care of Dr Crowther, headmaster of Brighton Grammar School where he was educated. He entered Trinity College in the University of Melbourne and, after graduating with honours, there followed the appointments of resident medical officer and then registrar at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

During World War I he saw service in Lemnos, Egypt, England and France, and rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was mentioned in dispatches and created an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. On his return to Melbourne he was appointed honorary physician to out-patients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and in 1927 honorary physician to in-patients. He retired in 1943 and was elected consulting physician. He was a foundation fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and for ten years was a member of its Board of Censors. He practised as a successful consulting physician from 1920 to 1958 and spent his last years in retirement on the outskirts of Melbourne. His gentle ways and quiet humour were in keeping with his slight physique. These characteristics were not at variance with the depth of his integrity and wisdom. He was not an inspiring teacher, but those who stayed with him came to value his thoroughness, intellectual honesty and judgment. In 1923 he married Mary Adele Baker; they had two daughters.

Richard R Trail

[Med.J.Aust., 1961, 2, 689.]

(Volume V, page 240)

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