Lives of the fellows

Tony Lothrop Reeves

b.5 January 1919 d.11 October 1977
MRCS LRCP(1943) MB BS Lond(1943) MRCP(1946) MD(1948) FRCP(1970)

Tony Reeves was born in Westminster, London, the son of Gilbert Nelson Reeves, a company director, and his wife Ruth Doris, daughter of Sir Arthur Mudge Branfoot KCIE, surgeon-general in the Indian Medical Service. He was educated at Tonbridge School and Guy’s Hospital, London, where he graduated in 1943. He married twice: in 1943 to Geraldine Margaret Campbell, and in 1959 to Anita Edith Cole, and had four children, a daughter and three sons.

After house appointments at Guy’s, he was appointed EMS B1 Grade physician and deputy superintendent to Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, in 1945, where he was to spend the remainder of his life. He was appointed consultant physician in 1960. In the 1940s the hospital consisted of a conglomeration of huts which had been built during the first world war as a military hospital for plastic surgery. Tony Reeves spent much of his life planning the new hospital that was to replace the makeshift original, and had great influence in moulding the new district hospital to the needs of the local community. The new hospital was opened in 1974 and Tony’s pride in the new was only limited by a vague nostalgia for the passing of the old, smaller, and more intimate community to which he had become accustomed.

His career was essentially one of service to his patients, but also to his colleagues. He was chairman of the staff committee at the hospital, served for two years with the Central Hospital Services, and was a member of various Whitley committees. He was vice-president of Sidcup Rotary Club, previously the Sidcup and Chislehurst Round Table. He also acted as director and company secretary to his family firm of GN Reeves Limited. He had integrity, fairness, and an unusual grasp of detail, which made him sought after for administrative duties.

As a physician he was respected by his peers, and as a man he was loved by a wider community. Basically placid and calm, he could be roused to passion by any threat to the integrity of his profession, of which he was very proud. He was distressed when the profession became involved in industrial action.

Outside his work, his interests lay in rifle shooting, ciné and still photography, and travelling. He won the King’s Prize at Bisley in 1937.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
Valérie Luniewska

[Lancet, 1977, 2; Guy's Hosp. Gazette, 1977, 92]

(Volume VII, page 492)

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