Lives of the fellows

Ian Bruce Munro

b.16 November 1921 d.4 September 1980
MB ChB Glasg(1946) FRFPSG(1955) MRCP(1957) MRCPE(1957) FRCPG(1970) FRCPE(1973) FRCP(1974)

Bruce Munro, consultant physician to the Rochdale group of hospitals, earned a reputation for being a shrewd diagnostician. He had a large practice in general medicine, with a special interest in diabetes and a flair for neurology. Although a reluctant committee man, he took more than his share of medical administration, acting as secretary to the medical executive and medical staff committees. For a year he was also consultant member of the management team. He was a lifelong member of the BMA and a faithful supporter of the Association during the troubled times of 1974.

He was born in Edinburgh, where his father Donald Munro was a bank manager, and educated at Grantown Grammar School, Morayshire, and the University of Glasgow Medical School. On graduation, after house appointments at the Victoria Infirmary and Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow, he was appointed senior registrar in medicine at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital - an appointment he looked back on with affection. He married Mary Hewitt, daughter of a farmer, and they had one daughter.

Bruce was a very experienced physician whose wisdom and sharp intelligence, together with his wide reading, made others value his advice in difficult cases. He never despised the benefits of high technology medicine, but always maintained that careful history taking and clinical observation were of paramount importance. He was a gentle, self-deprecating man, with an absolute loyalty to his colleagues which was greatly appreciated, and a dry, astringent wit which made him an amusing companion. Unfortunately, his health deteriorated and he reluctantly decided on early retirement. He was a keen golfer and gardener, and it was in his garden that he suffered a fatal coronary thrombosis. He was survived by his wife Mary, and his daughter Catherine.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
Valérie Luniewska

[Brit.med.J., 1980, 281, 1150]

(Volume VII, page 417)

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