Lives of the fellows

Ian Michael Bowles

b.2 April 1943 d.17 May 2007
MB BCh Oxon(1967) DCH(1970) DObst RCOG(1970) MRCP(1972) FRCP(1999)

Ian Michael Bowles was a general practitioner in Woodbridge, Suffolk. He was born in Danbury, Essex, and was educated at Forest School in Snaresbrook, London. He went on to St Catherine’s College, Oxford, on a scholarship. While at Oxford he rowed for his college.

He held a house physician post at University College Hospital in 1968, and was then a senior house officer in paediatrics at All Saints’ Hospital, Chatham. During this period he gained his diploma in child health and a diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology.

He decided on a career as a general practitioner, and joined Framfield House Surgery in Woodbridge, Suffolk. He continued in this role until his retirement at the age of 60. He was also school medical officer for Woodbridge School and the Abbey School for 25 years, and taught undergraduate medical students at University College Hospital and the London Hospital.

In 1981 he spent six months in Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Canada, on an exchange with a Canadian physician.

In 1999 he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Outside medicine, he was interested in competitive sailing, cycling and hill-walking. He also enjoyed choral singing and was a Francophile.

In 1969 he married Christiane. They had two sons, Philippe and Oliver. Ian Bowles died from cancer of the oesophagus.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2007 335 265]

(Volume XII, page web)

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