Lives of the fellows

Geoffrey Herbert Thornley Lloyd

b.6 May 1919 d.30 September 1981
MRCS LRCP(1942) MB BS Lond(1942) MRCP(1948) MD(1949) FRCP(1971)

Geoffrey Lloyd, consultant physician to the Clwyd North Hospitals, died prematurely after a very short illness.

He was born at Newport, Gwent, and educated at Bryntirion School, Bridgend, and later entered Wycliffe College, Gloucestershire, after gaining an entrance scholarship. His undergraduate medical training was at Guy’s Hospital, and he qualified in 1942. His academic distinctions as a student included the Edgecombe prize in junior science, the Wooldridge prize in physiology, the Michael Harris prize in anatomy and the junior proficiency prize - all at Guy’s hospital.

He held junior medical posts as house physician to Sir John Conybeare and to Sir Charles Symonds at Guy’s, and he also worked in Sir John McNee’s department in Glasgow. He was subsequently assistant registrar to the department of neurology at Guy’s, and registrar at Queen Square and senior registrar in neurology in the Cardiff Royal Infirmary. He served in the RAMC from 1942 to 1946, and this included two years as regimental medical officer in North West Europe. He was appointed consultant physician to the then Clwyd and Deeside Hospitals in January 1953, and continued in this post until his death. He was also consultant neurologist to the Wrexham Group of Hospitals, and his opinion was widely sought on neurological problems throughout North Wales.

He had a particular interest in, and aptitude for, teaching and from the early days of the formation of the medical postgraduate centre at Rhyl he was one of the most enthusiastic and conscientious supporters of its activities. He took his full share of medical administrative duties, and had served in the past as chairman of the North Clwyd medical staff committee, and at the time of his death was the chairman of the medical division - a post which he held for several years. He also served as a member of the pre-registration committee of the Welsh National School of Medicine.

He was, in his limited leisure time, a keen gardener, hill-walker and car enthusiast. He was an excellent host, and he and his wife generously entertained a large circle of friends at their home in Colwyn Bay.

Geoffrey was essentially a kindly, gentle and courteous man -never ruffled in his dealings with patients, staff or colleagues. He was survived by his wife Isobel (who was a constant support and help to him in his chosen career), his daughter Jane, son Christopher and grand-daughter Katie.

DE Meredith

[Brit.med.J., 1981, 284, 1182; Lancet, 1981, 2, 942]

(Volume VII, page 341)

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