Lives of the fellows

Frank Patrick Lee Lander

b.1906 d.12 January 1981
OBE MB BS Lond(1930) MRCP(1931) MD(1934) FRCP(1939)

Lee Lander was born at Morcombelake, Dorset, son of Edward Lee Lander and his wife Alice Mary. He was educated at Dover College and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1930. He became medical registrar at the Middlesex Hospital in 1931, and later combined this with a part-time registrarship at the Brompton Hospital, to which he was appointed in 1934. These appointments determined his future career as a physician specializing in pulmonary disease.

In 1937, he was appointed physician to the Royal Free Hospital and to Putney Hospital, and in 1939 to the Brompton Hospital. While registrar at Brompton he undertook, with Maurice Davidson, clinical and experimental studies of the association between bronchiectasis and air-absorption collapse of the lung. From 1941 to 1945 he served in the RAMC, principally in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, as officer in charge of a medical division with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and was mentioned in despatches and appointed OBE.

On return to civilian life, he devoted himself to his hospital appointments and to consultant practice, and developed an additional interest in insurance medicine. In the College, he was Censor, 1952 —1953, and Senior Censor, 1957. He gave the Mitchell lecture on ‘Rest and Pulmonary Tuberculosis’ in 1957. At various times he served as examiner in medicine at the Universities of London and Cambridge, and to the University College of the West Indies.

Under an easy and apparently casual manner, he had shrewd judgement, and the ability to come to acceptable decisions in confused situations where the opinions of others differed. Although his personal concerns were in clinical practice, rather than in research, he was sympathetic to the aspirations and needs of his more academic colleagues. These qualities made him a successful chairman of medical committees at both the Royal Free and Brompton Hospitals.

He married Dorothy Briggs in 1932 and they had two sons. Apart from his work and his family, he was an enthusiastic fisherman.

JG Scadding

[Times, 23 Jan 1981; Lancet, 1981, 1, 397]

(Volume VII, page 333)

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