Lives of the fellows

William Morton Robson

b.4 December 1877 d.10 May 1955
MB Lond(1901) MD Lond(1903) MRCS LRCP(1901) MRCP(1905) FRCP(1920)

William Morton Robson was born at Copley Lodge, Butterknowle, co. Durham, the son of John Skelton Robson, J.P., mining engineer,and Marie Garthorn. He was educated at St. James School, Bishop Auckland, and Forest School, Epping, and entered Guy’s Hospital Medical School in 1895. There he held the posts of dresser in the throat department, clinical assistant and assistant pathologist in 1901, and in the following year assistant house surgeon, assistant house physician and then house physician to Dr Hale-White. In 1902-03 he was clinical assistant for six months at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, and for the next eighteen months assistant medical officer at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton. He then worked for a year as assistant medical officer to the Eastern Fever Hospital, London, and during this time he was also assistant to the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases and assistant in the X-ray, and later in the electrical department at Guy’s Hospital.

In 1905 he obtained the post of honorary assistant physician to the Northampton Hospital, with charge of the electrical department, and in due course became its radiologist and radiotherapist. He was also in charge of the venereal diseases clinic. In 1943 he relinquished his duties in the X-ray department. He retired from the Hospital in 1947, but continued in charge of the venereal diseases clinic until 1950.

During the First World War he served with the rank of major in the R.A.M.C, and was attached to Berrywood Mental Hospital. He was a courteous man, who never lost his dignity, had a quiet sense of humour, and enjoyed entertaining. As a young man he was an accomplished sportsman, captaining the association football team at Guy’s Hospital, and playing cricket and tennis. From his early days he had learned to shoot; in his later days he took up fly-fishing and became an efficient trout fisherman, but his most constant recreation was bridge, at which he was a first-class player. He was also a connoisseur of port and delighted to test the ability of friends to name the vintage and shipper of bottles from his cellar.

On June 8th, 1910 he married Daisy Percival, daughter of Dr George Henry Percival, honorary surgeon to Northampton Hospital. They had one child, a girl.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1955, 1, 1344; Lancet, 1955, 1, 1131.]

(Volume V, page 352)

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