Lives of the fellows

Andrew John Morland

b.6 May 1896 d.13 July 1957
MB BS Lond(1923) MD Lond(1930) MRCS LRCP(1923) MRCP(1930) FRCP(1941)

Andrew Morland died in University College Hospital where he had directed the department of chest diseases for twenty years. He was born of Quaker stock at Glastonbury, where his father, John Coleby Morland, was in business. His mother was formerly Elizabeth Bracher. While still at Sidcot School he developed tuberculosis and went to Arosa where his cousin, Dr Egbert Morland, later editor of The Lancet, was in practice. This led to his further education at the University of Lausanne, to his love of skiing, and to his skill in French. On his return home he thought of joining the family business, but decided to enter University College and to study medicine at University College Hospital after he was invalided out of the Friends’ Ambulance Unit in France during World War I.

On qualifying he held a house post at Brompton Hospital, and from 1924 to 1928 was medical superintendent of the Palace Sanatorium, Montana. He then spent seven years on the staff of Mundesley Sanatorium, Norfolk, before coming to consulting practice in London on his appointment as physician to the French Hospital. His devoted service there was recognised by his appointment in 1950 as Knight of the Legion of Honour. In 1937 he was elected to the staff of his parent hospital.

Morland was a hard man to know because of his reticence and his air of self-assurance, but his innate sympathy and understanding were shown in his deep interest in the treatment of invalid children in Switzerland and Denmark, organised through his membership of the council of the National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis, in the devotion of his patients, and in his friendships with the authors and artists of the Savile Club. He bore the tedium of his last illness with exemplary courage. A man of great enthusiasms, he was as expert in bridge-playing and in fly-fishing as in skiing, in which he represented England.

He was survived by his widow, Dorothy Saunders, whom he married in 1928, and by a son and daughter.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1957, 2, 239-40; Lancet, 1957, 2, 151-2 (p); NAPT Bull., 1957, 20, 116, 150; Times, 15, 22 July 1957.]

(Volume V, page 294)

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