Lives of the fellows

Wilfred James Stokes

b.15 December 1911 d.4 August 1995
MRCS LRCP(1934) MB BS Lond(1936) MD(1938) DObst RCOG(1938) MRCP(1939) FRCP(1966)

Wilfred Stokes had a long career as a consultant physician, based mainly at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury. He also held part time appointments at the Amersham, Chalfont and Gerrards Cross Hospital.

He was born in Ilford, Essex, and was educated locally and then at Bancrofts School. He went on to study medicine at the London Hospital Medical School in the pre-war years and during the war served in the RAMC. He afterwards resumed his medical career with posts at the London and at the Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital.

He joined Stoke Mandeville in 1950 and from the early years fostered connections between the hospital, general practice and public health. Teaching was a major interest throughout his career and for several years he was postgraduate tutor. He developed the postgraduate medical centre from humble beginnings in a small room, ‘the palace’. The library bears Wilfred Stokes’ name.

Wilfred was a careful and disciplined physician who set himself the highest standards. He expected the same standards from his staff, but was a kind and rather reserved person.

During his retirement he continued to enjoy travelling and angling. He remained an avid reader, taking a particular interest in church history. He married Dorothy Waddell in 1939 and they had a son and a daughter.

P Cochrane

(Volume X, page 470)

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