Lives of the fellows

Charles Edward Walton Wheaton

b.8 April 1907 d.[?] 1990
MRCS LRCP(1928) MB BS Lond(1929) MD(1931) MRCP(1931) FRCP(1968)

Charles Edward Walton Wheaton was born in Streatham, London, the son of Samuel Walton Wheaton [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IV, p.480] a Fellow of the College who served on the council. His mother Marian was the daughter of George Fisher, a surgeon.

Wheaton was educated at Dulwich College and St Thomas’ Hospital, where he qualified with honours, and distinction in forensic medicine, and he then served in a series of postgraduate house appointments from 1928-34. In 1934 he was appointed physician to St Andrew’s Hospital, Bow, and St Peter’s Hospital, Whitechapel, and then as senior physician to the Lambeth Hospital in 1939, which was amalgamated with St Thomas’s after the second world war.

From 1941-46 he joined the Royal Air Force as a medical specialist with the rank of squadron leader, being promoted to senior medical specialist in West Africa.

After the death of his first wife, he married Elsie Estella May Bickham, also a doctor and a member of the College. There were no children of the marriage.

Early colleagues remember him as a lively person but somewhat whimsical in his attitude to diagnosis. Certainly he had little of the gravitas or empathy that inspires confidence in patients. After his retirement, around 1974, he seldom communicated with his former colleagues. Both he and his wife, who survived him, became somewhat withdrawn. His death is said to have been the result of lung cancer.

J Bishop Harman
C W Bartley

(Volume IX, page 574)

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