Lives of the fellows

Bruce Ernest Richard Symonds

b.29 September 1922 d.2 May 1999
MB BS Lond(1946) DCH(1948) MRCP(1949) MD(1950) FRCP(1975)

Bruce Ernest Richard Symonds was a consultant paediatrician at Stafford. He was born in London, the son of Ernest Symonds, an ambulance attendant. He was educated at Brockley County School and then went to Guy's Hospital to study medicine. After house jobs he was a senior registrar at St Thomas's Hospital. He then went to Trinidad to establish the first paediatric service on the island.

Following independence, he returned to Britain and was appointed as a paediatrician in Stafford. Here, as in Trinidad, he worked for many years without junior staff. He was also a part-time lectuer at Keele University. In 1981 he became the medical superintendent of St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds. He retired four years later after developing mitral valve disease, but continued seeing patients in Trent Hospital until he was 70.

He married his wife Shirley in 1960 and they had two sons. At the time of his election to the Fellowship he listed military and ecclesiastical architecture, industrial archaeology, reading and walking among his interests. He died in Trinidad from a subdural haematoma following an accident.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 1999,319,192]

(Volume XI, page 573)

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