Lives of the fellows

Robert Edwin Bowers

b.7 January 1918 d.16 February 2000
BSc Lond(1939) MRCS LRCP(1943) MB BS(1945) MD(1948) MRCP(1949) FRCP(1969)

Robert Edwin Bowers was a consultant dermatologist in north Gloucestershire. He was born in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, the son of Wilfrid Edwin Bowers, a company secretary, and Isobel Florentine née Hodson, the daughter of a company director. He was educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in London, and then went on to St Thomas’s.

He was rejected from military service because of pulmonary tuberculosis, but served in the Emergency Medical Service in London from 1943 to 1948. He was a registrar at St John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, before becoming a consultant dermatologist in Gloucestershire.

He was a founder member of the Dowling Club and gave the Dowling Oration in 1959. He wrote influential papers on strawberry naevus and on the treatment of psoriasis with ultraviolet light, dithranol and tar. He was president of the Gloucestershire branch of the BMA.

Outside medicine, he was interested in sailing, skiing, photography, gardening and travel. He was married twice. In 1944 he married Joan Myfanwy née Hughes and they had two sons and two daughters, one of whom died at the age of just seven. His first wife died of breast cancer in 1967 and in 1968 he married Jean Lenore Chaney.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J. 2001 322 367;The Oxford Times 4 May 2000]

(Volume XII, page web)

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