Lives of the fellows

William Stanley Sutton

b.18 November 1911 d.1 November 1998
MB ChB Liverp(1936) MRCS LRCP(1937) MRCP(1938) FRCP(1955)

With the exception of some time spent in West Africa, India and Malaya on war service as a specialist physician, Bill Sutton lived on Merseyside all his life. He was born in Birkenhead, graduated from Liverpool University in 1936, and was appointed to the staff of the Liverpool Royal Infirmary and the regional thoracic centre at Broadgreen Hospital as a consultant physician.

At Liverpool Royal Infirmary he shared a firm with Lord Cohen of Birkenhead [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.106]. At Broadgreen, he joined the pioneering thoracic team of Robert Coope [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VI, p.114], Morriston Davies and Ronald Edwards and was responsible for the pre-operative assessment of thoracic surgical cases. With the advent of cardiac surgery, it was Bill Sutton who introduced cardiac catheterization to the regional thoracic centre.

Careless of fame, Bill Sutton carried out his work with quiet reliability, common sense and great kindliness. His personal modesty and generosity of spirit won him the affection of his junior staff to whom he constantly gave unselfish encouragement.

A poem written about him by his wife Margaret, whom he married in 1942, summarised some of his dislikes. These included: "parties, political and cocktail, London and abroad." Following his retirement he devoted his time to family and friends and to his lifelong interests of gardening and woodwork.

Colin Ogilvie

[Brit.med.J.,1999,318,814]

(Volume XI, page 566)

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