Lives of the fellows

Reginald Joseph Twort

b.21 March 1911 d.16 June 1971
BA Cantab(1932) MB ChB Aberd(1936) MA Cantab(1938) MRCP(1940) MRCPE(1940) MD Aberd(1944) FRCPE(1957) FRCP(1963)

Reggie Twort was born at Bagshot in Surrey, the son and grandson of general practitioners. He was educated at Fettes College and Peterhouse, Cambridge, from whence he went to Aberdeen where he graduated in medicine with distinction in 1936. His intellectual quality had previously shown itself when he was at Cambridge, for he achieved a First in the Natural Sciences Tripos and was elected a life scholar at Peterhouse.

After house officer appointments at the Royal Infirmary at Aberdeen and at Addenbrooke’s and the Brompton, he served as resident medical officer at the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases and as medical registrar at the Royal Infirmary at Aberdeen. By this time the 1939-45 war had erupted and he served as a medical specialist in the Royal Air Force for five years, achieving the rank of Wing-Commander and Officer in Charge of Medical Division. On demobilisation he was appointed physician to the Nottingham City and General Hospitals and also to Mansfield General Hospital.

Twort developed a special interest in cardiology but he was an excellent general physician and had great energy, administrative ability, wit and charm. He had a very large consulting practice and all who knew him had great respect and affection for him. When Nottingham was chosen for a new medical school he took a prominent part in the planning of the hospital aspect, and served on the Council of the University. He died at his home in The Ropewalk at Nottingham when he was only 60. He had married Frances Alice Smith, the daughter of Henry Smith, a political agent, and there were two sons of the marriage, one of whom continued the family tradition of medicine.

AGW Whitfield

[Brit.med.J., 1971, 3, 194; Nottingham Guardian-Journal, 18 June 1971; Nottingham Evening Post, 1971, 17 June 1971]

(Volume VI, page 441)

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