Lives of the fellows

Vivien Ursula Lutwyche

b.17 May 1910 d.13 March 2001
MB ChB Cantab(1943) MRCS LRCP(1942) DCH(1945) MRCP(1948) MD(1950) FRCP(1974)

Ursula Lutwyche was a consultant in chest diseases at the Harlow group of hospitals. She was born near Cambridge where her father, Gerald Lutwyche, was a farmer. She was educated at home, together with her older sister, Violet, known as Peter, who also became a doctor. Ursula went on to Cambridge, and then to the Royal Free Hospital, to train as a doctor.

After medical school she held house physician appointments in London during the Second World War, at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital, at the Osterhouse Emergency Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hackney and at Hampstead General.

She was appointed as a registrar and then as a senior registrar in chest diseases at Willsden Chest Clinic and Central Middlesex Hospital. In 1954 she became a consultant in chest diseases at the Harlow group of hospitals.

She wrote papers on Addison's disease, on bronchial carcinoma, and on beryllium lung disease.

At the time of her election to the Fellowship in 1974 Ursula listed her hobbies as ornithology and gardening. Following her retirement in 1975 she looked after her cousin, who died in 1992. She then continued to care for her sister Peter, who was almost completely blind, for the next nine years. Ursula died just twelve hours after her older sister.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 2001,323,286 ]

(Volume XI, page 352)

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