Lives of the fellows

Frank Tardew Falkner

b.27 October 1918 d.21 Aug 2003
MD MRCP(1963) FCRP(1972) MRCS

Frank Tardew Falkner specialised in child development and abnormal growth.He was born in Hale, Cheshire, the son of Ernest William Frank Falkner, a dental surgeon, and Ethel Sommerville Letten, the daughter of a trawler owner. He was educated at Malvern College, and then went on to Cambridge. He completed his clinical studies at the London Hospital. During the war he was classified as unfit for military service due to chronic osteomyelitis, but served in the Home Guard. He had house jobs at the London, as a receiving room officer to the senior resident accoucheur, and in 1948, and again in 1950, was a registrar at Guy's Hospital. During 1949 he was a resident physician at the Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, USA.

He was a Markle scholar in medical science from 1957 to 1963, and wrote extensively on child development, particularly on abnormal growth, and endocrine and genetic diseases of childhood.

From 1963 to 1968 he was professor and chairman of the department of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and chief of staff of the Children's Hospital. He was then an associate director at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at Bethesda, Maryland, for two years. In 1970 he returned to Cincinnati, as professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He finished his career at the University of California, Berkeley, in the child health program at the school of public health.

He married June Madeleine Dixon in 1948 and they had one son and one daughter.

RCP editor

(Volume XI, page 184)

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