Lives of the fellows

Herman Frank Harwood

b.10 April 1912 d.8 October 1998
MB ChB Liverp(1936) MD(1942) MRCP(1946) FRCP(1971)

Herman Frank Harwood was a consultant chest physician at St Helier Hospital, Carshalton. He was born in Liverpool, the son of Joseph William Harwood, a machine tool maker, and Margarita née Dastis, the daughter of a Spanish diplomat. He was educated at Liverpool Collegiate School, and then went on to study medicine at Liverpool University.

After qualifying and winning the university prize in medicine, he was a resident casualty officer and house surgeon at Royal Southern Hospital, Liverpool. He was then a resident house physician and subsequently a medical registrar at Liverpool Royal Infirmary. At the start of the second world war he was a patient in a TB sanatorium and was medically unfit for military service. His experience of tuberculosis led to his decision to become a chest physician.

From 1939 to 1940 he was a postgraduate fellow in pathology at Liverpool University. He then became an assistant physician at St Helier Hospital, Surrey, emergency medical service. In 1945 he was appointed as a consultant chest physician to St Helier Hospital. He was a firm believer in the NHS and was an influential figure in the local medical community. He retired in 1977.

He enjoyed music, literature, gardening and the English countryside. He was also a football supporter, and became an honorary medical officer to Sutton United Football Club. Some years after he retired he became blind following a stroke. He was predeceased by his wife, Penny, whom he had nursed for many years. They had two sons, Jeremy and Nicholas, and two grandsons.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 1999,318,334]

(Volume XI, page 254)

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