Lives of the fellows

Charles Richard Newman

b.17 March 1935 d.30 September 1997
MB BS Lond(1958) MRCP(1964) DCH(1965) FRCP(1979)

Charles Newman was a consultant physician at Horton General Hospital, Banbury - a general physician with an interest in oncology. He was born in Stafford, where his father was an electrical engineer. His secondary education was at Clifton College, Bristol, and he went on to study medicine at the London Hospital.

After house appointments he joined the Royal Air Force and served initially in Germany as a medical registrar before returning to the RAF Hospital Wroughton, Swindon. During this period he spent six months as honorary registrar in paediatrics at St Georges Hospital and acquired the diploma in child health. In 1965 he was posted for three years to the Far East where he was in charge of the medical division of the RAF Hospital, Singapore.

He returned to Britain as consultant physician at RAF Wroughton where he developed a clinical oncology service, treating patients both for the RAF and for the NHS in conjunction with colleagues at Princess Margaret Hospital, Swindon. He was also a member of MRC working parties on childhood and adult leukaemia.

On his appointment as consultant physician to the Horton General Hospital, Banbury, in 1973 he left the RAF with the rank of wing commander. Working primarily as a general physician and with few middle grade staff in his department, he nevertheless continued his interest in oncology, maintaining previous links with Oxford. Later he developed the cardiology services in Banbury and was largely responsible for establishing one of the earliest and most successful cardiac rehabilitation services in the country, initially at the local leisure centre with part funding from the local authority. His reputation was that of a thorough and effective clinician, interested in the welfare and careers of junior staff and with a healthy scepticism about change unsupported by firm evidence, particularly in the managerial field.

Despite a heavy workload he found time for some leisure activities, particularly his garden, and he was a keen walker and cyclist. Sadly both his physical pursuits and his medical career were curtailed by the onset of Parkinson’s disease against which he battled with great courage and dignity, eventually having to take premature retirement.

P W Fisher

(Volume X, page 365)

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