Lives of the fellows

Robert Montgomery

b.21 September 1916 d.28 February 1987
MB ChB Glasg(1939) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1964) FRCPE(1967)

Robert Montgomery was born in Neilston, Renfrewshire, where his father was a school teacher. His mother Edith Winifred was the daughter of John Thomas Wood, a foreman wood turner. ‘Monty’, as he was widely known, was educated at Glasgow High School and Glasgow University. His clinical studies were undertaken at the Royal Infirmary Glasgow, where he was house physician for some six months before joining the RAMC in 1940.

During the war Monty served in Iceland and later in northwest Europe - in field ambulances, field dressing stations, and general hospitals. In 1946 he attended a senior officers course at the Royal Army Medical College, Milbank, and was graded as a specialist physician in 1947. He then saw service as officer in charge of the medical division in military hospitals in Gibraltar, Kenya, Malaysia, the UK and Germany. He was mentioned in despatches in 1955 while serving in Nairobi. His last post before retirement was as consultant physician, in the rank of brigadier, at HQ British Army of the Rhine.

Monty married Mary Meiklem (always known as Mollie) in 1942 and they had a son and three daughters. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Together they formed a team whose friendship and hospitality were shared by many in the Army.

His main interests, outside the Army and medicine, were gardening and golf. His enthusiasm for golf was shared by his wife, and Monty was never happier than when taking part in a four ball at the golf course at RAF Bruggen. His call ‘I’ll see it in’ put many an opponent off his stroke - all in good fun. While in Malaysia he made full use of the golf course at Kuala Lumpur, where he played with his friend Tom Fowler.

Monty was a wise and caring physician, with a wide knowledge of medicine in both tropical and temperate regions.

His wife, children and grandchildren survived him.

Brig Gen WS Miller
Col. TM Fowler

[Brit.med.J., 1987,294,1238]

(Volume VIII, page 350)

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