Lives of the fellows

Desmond William Ronald Ashby

b.4 August 1915 d.4 August 2005
MB BS Lond(1939) MRCS LRCP(1939) MRCP(1941) MD(1948) FRCP(1964)

Desmond William Ronald Ashby was a consultant physician in Gateshead. He was born in Aylesbury, the son of William Joseph Ashby, a general practitioner, and Hilda née Sayer. He was educated at Downside and Beaumont School, and then went on to study medicine at the National University of Wales at Cardiff. His clinical studies were carried out at Westminster Hospital Medical School.

From 1939 to 1941, he held house posts at Westminster Hospital in the Emergency Medical Service. He then joined the RAF in May 1941, serving with squadrons in the United Kingdom and large flying training units in Canada. He subsequently worked directly under Air Vice Marshall Sir J J Coneybeare and Air Vice Marshall Sir Alan Rook [Munk’s Roll, Vol.V, p.358] at RAF Central Medical Establishment, and then as a squadron leader and medical specialist at RAF General Hospital, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

In 1946 he was demobilised, and became a registrar and then a senior registrar in medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. In 1950 he was appointed as a consultant physician to Gateshead hospital group. He became a clinical teacher in medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1963. He also examined for the University of Durham.

He wrote on a wide variety of subjects, including Friedreich’s ataxia, carbon monoxide poisoning, attempted suicide, pernicious anaemia and peptic ulcer haemorrhage.

Outside medicine, he was interested in debating and gardening. In his younger days he rowed and sailed. In 1940 he married Yvette Lennox Percy, the daughter of a grain merchant. They had six children.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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