Lives of the fellows

Henry Seaward Morley

b.16 March 1897 d.5 July 1960
MB BS Lond(1925) MD Lond(1929) MRCS LRCP(1924) MRCP(1929) FRCP(1948)

Seaward Morley was the son of Henry Foster Morley, D.Sc., and Ida Rose Morley. The family had been long established in West Sussex, at Midhurst. He was educated in London at University College School and University College, later receiving his medical training at University College Hospital. His education was interrupted by the First World War, and he joined the R.F.A. as a combatant officer. After qualification he held a number of resident appointments at University College Hospital, finally becoming resident medical officer and medical registrar.

He then settled in the family home, Church Hill House, Midhurst, and was shortly appointed physician to the Royal West Sussex Hospital in Chichester. He soon built up a reputation in the county as a consultant, especially in diseases of the chest, and was later appointed also as physician of St. Richard’s and the Gray-lingwell Hospitals, Chichester, and of the Haslemere Hospital.

Morley was greatly attached to the Society of Apothecaries of London, as had been several of his forebears. He was elected a member of the Court of Assistants in 1943, and became Master of the Society for 1953-4, an honour which he greatly treasured. He had a fine presence and delivery, and a great sense of tradition, which with his other qualities amply justified his choice for this office.

In 1952 he became a Crown representative on the General Medical Council and was meticulous in his attendance at the meetings of this, and of the many other committees on which he sat, and where he was regarded as serving his profession well. He was a man of great energy, and when on holiday would walk long distances. He was also a good yachtsman. He was essentially a family man and was very hospitable.

He much enjoyed entertainments of all sorts, in which he would join with a zeal that was infectious. He was a good conversationalist with a wide field of knowledge, and although often he appeared dogmatic, he was basically humble and extremely courteous in his manners. In appearance he was of middle height, inclining to be stout, of rather bucolic countenance, and having the appearance of a plain, honest country gentleman.

Dr Morley married in 1934 Alison Kathleen, the daughter of Major Rowland Hill of the Cheshire Regiment. She and their two sons survived him.

Richard R Trail

[, 1960, 2, 237-8 (p); Lancet, 1960, 2, 164; Times, 7 July 1960 (p).]

(Volume V, page 296)

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