Lives of the fellows

Benjamin Branford Morgan

b.22 February 1888 d.27 February 1980
MB ChB Edin(1910) MD(1913) MRCPE(1924) MRCP(1925) FRCP(1937) FRCPE(1951)

Benjamin Branford Morgan was born in Norwich where his father was a chartered surveyor; one of eleven children, he was educated at Norwich School (King Edward VI) and Edinburgh, where he represented the university at association football and qualified in 1910. After house appointments in Sheffield and London he proceeded MD at Edinburgh University and in 1914 joined a general practice in Norwich. Six months later he left to serve as a captain in the RAMC (TA), spent four years in France and was mentioned in despatches. During war service he developed an interest in anaesthetics, and after his return to general practice in Norwich was appointed a part-time assistant anaesthetist to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

After obtaining both the London and Edinburgh diplomas of MRCP, he forsook his anaesthetic appointment for that of assistant to the cardiac department at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital under HJ Starling, became a founder member of the British Cardiac Society — then the Cardiac Club — and in the same year, 1925, was appointed physician to the Jenny Lind Hospital for Children. Three years later he retired from general practice on his appointment as physician to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Whilst physician to Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Cromer and District Hospitals, Branford Morgan built up a large consultant medical practice with a special interest in cardiology, interrupted from 1939 to 1940 by a year’s service with the RAMC as a lieutenant colonel in Iceland. He examined in medicine at Cambridge University, and served for many years on the medical committee of the Norwich Union Insurance Society.

Branford Morgan - ‘Branny’ to his friends - was the last Norfolk and Norwich Hospital physician to be appointed from a local general practice. Ability, hard work and meticulous attention to his professional duties were qualities that did not fail him throughout his long professional life — for many years after retirement he remained active in private and insurance medicine. A kind and understanding man, he was adept at handling his Norfolk patients. As a younger man he fished and kept a boat on the Norfolk Broads; in later years he enjoyed gardening and golf and was a captain of the Royal Norwich Golf Club. In 1917 he married Ethel Wilcock, a nursing sister; she predeceased him and he was survived by their two married daughters and grandchildren.

A Batty Shaw

[Brit.med.J., 1980, 281, 66; Eastern Daily Press, 28 Feb 1980]

(Volume VII, page 412)

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