Lives of the fellows

Cuthbert Henry Jones Lockyer

b.13 April 1867 d.28 August 1957
BS Lond(1897) MD Lond(1898) MRCS LRCP(1894) FRCS(1896) MRCP(1898) FRCP(1914) FCOG(1929)

Cuthbert Lockyer was born at Evercreech in Somerset, where his father, Cuthbert Lockyer, came from a long line of farmers. Only after spending some years as a schoolmaster could he afford to matriculate for London University and enter the Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, where he held the Golding scholarship. Following graduation in 1894 he was successively house surgeon, obstetric house physician and demonstrator in surgery before taking his F.R.C.S, and concentrating on gynaecology. From obstetric registrar he became honorary gynaecologist to St. Mary’s and the Royal Northern Hospitals, and later returned to his parent hospital as obstetric physician. There he showed great surgical skill and dexterity. It was Lockyer who introduced into England Wertheim’s operation for carcinoma of the cervix, later developed to wider use by Comyns Berkeley and Victor Bonney. Much of its success was due to his enthusiasm for morbid anatomy; on his retirement he presented to the Hospital some 6,000 carefully mounted specimens, the work of thirty years, together with a fund sufficient to maintain them in good order.

He had many appointments: gynaecologist to the National Hospital, Queen Square, consulting physician to the Royal College of Music, and examiner at Cambridge, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and London. He was vice-president of the Royal Society of Medicine, and president of its section of obstetrics and gynaecology, and in 1911 vice-president of this section at the B.M.A, meeting in Birmingham. But Lockyer had many other interests: golf, fishing and art, and on his retirement to Penzance enjoyed with his wife, painting and etching and gardening.

He was twice married. By his first wife, Minnie Marie Coombs, he had two sons and a daughter, who was killed while working as a physiotherapist at St. Thomas’s Hospital in 1940. His second marriage was to Violet Gwendoline Morton, on whom he became increasingly dependent before his death at the age of ninety.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1957, 2, 593-4; Charing Cr. Hosp. Gaz., 1957, 55, 189-90; J. Obstet. Gynaec. Brit. Emp., 1954, 64, 931-3 ; Lancet, 1957, 2, 495-6; Times, 30 Aug., 5 Sept. 1957.]

(Volume V, page 245)

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