Lives of the fellows

John Forbes Ward

b.9 September 1886 d.29 June 1950
MB ChB Manch(1920) MD Manch(1920) MRCS LRCP(1912) MRCP(1919) FRCP(1938)

John Ward was the son of Edwin Forbes Ward, hat merchant, of Stockport, and Mary Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph Noden, a gas merchant of the same town. From Stockport Grammar School he entered the University of Manchester, with which and with its surrounding hospitals he was connected for the whole of his professional life except for one house post in Carlisle and his service with the R.A.M.C, in both World Wars. After a post as house physician at Ancoats Hospital in 1912, and that of resident medical officer at Manchester Royal Infirmary until 1914, he specialised entirely in paediatrics at St. Mary’s Hospital, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Booth Hall Hospital, to all of which he became honorary consultant. At the University he was lecturer in diseases of children from 1934 to 1947, and lecturer in child health from 1947 until his death in 1950.

Ward was a man of high principles and a clinician respected by his colleagues and well liked by his patients and their parents. He always enjoyed the meetings of the British Paediatric Association, especially if they were held at Windermere, for he was fond of bird life and wild flowers, but his chief delight was his beautiful garden. He was also an expert numismatist and a lover of old books, and spent his spare time browsing in shops to add to his large and valuable collections.

In 1931 he married Marjorie, daughter of John Albert Reelice, a calico printer, of Stalybridge. They had two daughters.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1950, 2, 111, 171.]

(Volume V, page 433)

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