Lives of the fellows

Frank Hirst Lumb

b.27 May 1926 d.4 April 1977
MB BS London(1948) MRCP(1954) FRCP(1973)

Frank Lumb was born at Slaithwaite, in Yorkshire, where his father was a company secretary. He received his scholastic education at Royds Hall Grammar School, Huddersfield, before proceeding to University College, London, and University College Hospital, where he graduated with honours in medicine in 1948.

At that time two years’ national service was compulsory, and Lumb spent his as regimental medical officer to the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. Thereafter he worked with two future College presidents, both with a special interest in hypertension and renal disease. He was senior house officer to Lord Platt in Manchester, and was with Lord Rosenheim at University College Hospital, publishing with him a British Council overseas booklet on the management of hypertension. In 1960 he was awarded the Edward Wilson memorial fellowship and spent the next two years at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. On his return to England in 1962 he was appointed physician to the Staffordshire General Infirmary, where he spent the rest of his life.

Frank was an excellent general physician, despite having devoted such a large part of his training to a relatively narrow area of research, and he quickly built up a large consulting practice and a considerable reputation. Unhappily, he died suddenly and unexpectedly when he was only 50. He was unmarried.

AGW Whitfield

[Brit.med.J., 1977, 1, 1163]

(Volume VII, page 347)

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