Lives of the fellows

Charles Albert Lillicrap

b.11 August 1912 d.11 August 1969
MRCS LRCP(1935) MB BS Lond(1936) MRCP(1937) MD(1937) FRCP(1959)

Charles Albert Lillicrap was born at Plymouth, the son of Charles Swift Lillicrap, a naval architect, and his wife, Harriet Minnie, daughter of Richard Shears, a fireman at HM Dockyard, Davenport. He was educated at St Dunstan’s College, Catford, and the University of London, where he studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital and graduated MB BS in 1936, having qualified with the Conjoint a year earlier. In 1937 he took the MRCP, proceeding MD that same year, and joined a busy general practice in Lincoln. Within two years he was elected physician to the Lincoln County Hospital. The outbreak of the second world war made it impossible to start consultant practice and he remained in general practice throughout the war, among the depleted ranks of civilian doctors. The asthma from which he was a lifelong sufferer, and which he rightly foresaw would eventually kill him, precluded all possibility of service with the armed forces. His service to his patients was unstinting, though there were times when he was more ill than those who called him to them. After the war he resigned from general practice. With the advent of the National Health Service he was appointed consultant and quickly became recognised throughout the county as a physician of outstanding competence. He was the first Lincoln man to be elected a Fellow of the College.

Lillicrap made a substantial contribution to the civic life of the city of his adoption. He was elected a councillor, and served on the local authority and most of its committees during the difficult years immediately after the war. In 1956 he was elected mayor. He was a member and vice-chairman of Lincoln Hospital Management Committee, and his ability as a medical organiser was recognised in 1968 by his appointment to the Sheffield Regional Hospital Board. An active member of the BMA, he was chairman of the Lincoln Division from 1959 to 1961, and was also a member of the Central Consultants and Specialists’ Committee from 1961 to 1966.

In 1938 he married Joan Maureen, daughter of John Dunlop, a medical practitioner, and they had a son and two daughters. His wife staunchly supported him in his wide range of interests and enterprises. He entered fully into social life and when fit and well played tennis and took a great interest in various sports, particularly in motor racing, once competing in the Alpine rally and completing the course. He was a man of liberal education, outstanding intelligence, robust common sense and warm human sympathies. He was interested in the theatre, and was a past chairman of the Lincoln Theatre Association and its first president in 1963. He had a ready wit and had a great sense of fun. No one could be too serious in his company and his laughter enlivened many a dull meeting. Yet no one had a greater sense of responsibility.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
V Luniewska

[Brit.med.J., 3, 536; Lancet, 2, 499 & 603; Times, 16 Aug 1969; Lincolnshire Chronicle, 15 Aug 1969]

(Volume VI, page 293)

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