Lives of the fellows

William Alfred Wills

b.October 1862 d.2 April 1924
MD Lond MRCS FRCP(1902) JP

W. A. Wills was the son of a judge, Sir Alfred Wills, and his wife Bertha, daughter of T. L. Taylor. After leaving Fettes, he went up to University College, London, with the intention of becoming an engineer. He changed his mind in favour of a medical career, however, and entered Westminster Hospital as a student. On qualifying in 1884, he held a succession of junior posts at the Victoria Hospital for Children, the Brompton Hospital, and his own Hospital, and was appointed physician to the St. Marylebone General Dispensary. In 1893 he was elected assistant physician, with charge of outpatients, at the Westminster, and thereafter lectured on forensic medicine and the principles and practice of medicine. He acted also as physician to the North-Eastern Hospital for Children, becoming consulting physician when poor health obliged him to retire in 1905. He was a contributor to Allbutt’s System and Quain’s Dictionary of Medicine. Wills spent the remainder of his life in public work in West Sussex, being a county councillor and a visitor to local asylums. His chief recreation, like his father’s, was Alpine climbing, and he was a keen supporter of the Alpine Club. He died at Midhurst.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1924; B.M.J., 1924; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1924, 30]

(Volume IV, page 443)

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