Lives of the fellows

Peter Franklin Bartley

b.9 April 1919 d.17 January 1997
MB ChB New Zealand(1944) MRACP(1949) MRCP Edin(1950) MRCP(1950) FRCP(1974) FRCP Edin(1977) FRACP(1985)

Peter Bartley was a chest physician at Green Lane Hospital, Auckland. He was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, where his father, Russell Howard Bartley, was a consulting engineer. His mother was Kathleen née Sillibourne. The family moved to Auckland in 1922. Peter attended King’s College, Auckland, and Otago University, qualifying in 1944.

After graduating, he saw active service in the Middle East with the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force and in Japan with J Force.

After the war, he returned to New Zealand, to work at Auckland Hospital. After obtaining his MRACP, he travelled to the UK, where he worked at the Brompton Hospital in London. He went on to gain his membership of both the London and Edinburgh Colleges.

He returned to Auckland as a chest physician at Green Lane Hospital and in private practice. Within two years, he became a full-time physician at Green Lane and became head of the chest medical unit. He led the department until he retired in 1983.

He was active in medical politics, holding a variety of offices in the New Zealand Medical Association. He was president of the Thoracic Society of New Zealand from 1983 to 1985. He was considered an exceptional teacher and trained a generation of chest physicians in New Zealand.

In 1948, Peter married Kathleen, the daughter of Robert Wylie, who survived him with their four daughters and a son.

RCP editor

[J R Coll Physicians Edinb 2002; 32:146-149; NZ Medical Journal Vol.110, No.1054]

(Volume XII, page web)

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