Lives of the fellows

Benjamin Edgerton William Mace

b.21 May 1918 d.22 December 1992
MB ChB Birm(1941) MRCP(1950) FRCP(1971)

‘Bill’ Mace was born in Moseley, Birmingham, where his father was a company director. His mother Gertrude Fenella, née Moore, was the daughter of a farmer in the Isle of Man. Bill was educated at Arden House, Henley in Arden, and Repton School. He subsequently entered the University of Birmingham to study medicine, his clinical studies being undertaken at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. After house posts at The General Hospital, Birmingham, he joined the RNVR as a surgeon lieutenant and saw service in the North Atlantic and the Far East from 1942-46.

On return to civilian life he became medical registrar at St James’s Hospital, Balham, London, and then senior registrar at the Arthur Stanley Institute and assistant in the department of physical medicine at the Middlesex Hospital. In 1952 he was appointed consultant in physical medicine to the Lewisham group of hospitals, the Sidcup group and Beckenham Hospital. He found physical medicine (later rheumatology) to be a satisfying clinical interest; endeavouring to improve facilities for patients with rheumatic disease and physical disability in general. This led to much administrative and committee work.

He chaired several medical committees and served on the hospital management committee. People who did not know him well probably under-estimated the part he played in the formation of the British Society for Rheumatology and the Medical Disability Society. He also took a particular interest in the promotion of postgraduate education and helped to establish a postgraduate medical centre at Lewisham Hospital.

In 1950 he married Josephine Bruce, daughter of an architect, and they had three children. His interests outside medicine included fly-fishing and he enjoyed country life. On retirement he moved, with his wife, to Oxfordshire.

V C Luniewska

[, 1993,306,1266]

(Volume IX, page 336)

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