Lives of the fellows

William Wadham

b.23 December 1823 d.28 December 1897

William Wadham was born at Frenchay, Gloucestershire, the third son of Thomas Wadham of Frenchay House. He was educated at Abingdon School and St. George’s Hospital. A great oarsman, he rowed bow in the St. George’s crew which won the Stewards’ Cup at Henley in 1843 against Leander and Oxford. He was described by Jack Phelps as the best lightweight bow he had trained. After qualifying as a surgeon and apothecary — "two callings", as he said, "that I never followed" — he spent two years abroad, mostly in Rome. He was then appointed assistant physician to the Brompton Hospital and registrar at St. George’s, where he became assistant physician in 1862 and physician in 1868 and lectured on forensic medicine. He was also for a time on the staff of the Marylebone Dispensary and examining physician to the Foreign Office. As dean of his Medical School, he was notable for introducing a luncheon-club for the students — an innovation which set an example to other hospitals — and for his encouragement of their athletic activities. He was himself a fine horseman and shot.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1898; B.M.J., 1898]

(Volume IV, page 189)

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