Lives of the fellows

Francis Butler Meade

b.24 June 1916 d.1 December 1989
MRCS LRCP(1941) MB BS Lond(1947) MRCP(1949) FRCP(1972)

Frank Meade was born in Blenheim, New Zealand. He was descended from a medical family; his great-grandfather and grandfather practised in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, and his father Frank Elliott Meade first practised in Reading, Berkshire, until he decided in 1912 to emigrate to New Zealand and settle in Blenheim.

Frank’s mother Aureola Adeline Wilson, née Brown, a native of New Zealand, was a trained nurse and matron of a nursing home in Blenheim. Frank spent the first seven years of his life in New Zealand and in 1923 was brought to England, where he was educated at Tollington Grammar School. In 1935 he proceeded to St Bartholomew's Hospital medical school and qualified with the Conjoint in 1941. After junior posts at Bart’s (including house surgeon on the chest unit) he joined the RAMC in 1942 and served as a graded medical specialist, for the most part in India, until 1947.

Returned to civilian life, Frank obtained the MB BS in 1947 and his membership of the College in 1949, and was then appointed senior medical registrar at Redhill County Hospital (now East Surrey Hospital) where he was able to develop his special interest in respiratory medicine. In 1952 he was appointed physician to the Brighton Chest Clinic and was also associated with Bevendean Chest Hospital, Brighton. As a consultant physician to the Brighton and Lewes hospital group in the south-east metropolitan region, he devoted much of his time to the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis which was then a more serious problem than it is today. He was also involved with other respiratory diseases and pioneered the Smoking Advisory Service in Brighton. The Brighton Postgraduate Centre was a special interest and he served as honorary librarian. He was elected a Fellow of the College in 1972 and retired in 1981.

Frank was a tall, good-looking man and was regarded by patients and colleagues as an enthusiastic and caring doctor. Yachting was a favourite pastime and he enjoyed sailing on the Solent. He also painted landscapes in oils.

In 1942 Frank married Dora, née Alexander, and their two children have continued the family tradition of medicine to the fifth generation: Peter Frank Meade (b.1949) is a general practitioner in Brighton and Gillian Meade (b.1953) and her husband Andrew Barclay have been in charge of a hospital at Mvumi, Tanzania.

In 1983, Frank developed a malignant lymphoma and, after repeated therapy, died peacefully at his home in Brighton.

A Sakula

(Volume IX, page 357)

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