Lives of the fellows

Robert Gary Cooper

b.18 August 1935 d.28 February 2008
MB ChB Aberd(1961) MRCP(1970) FRCP(1982)

Robert Gary Cooper was a consultant physician at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. He was born in Fraserburgh, the son of Robert Archibald Cooper, who was a lorry driver. After attending Fraserburgh Academy, he studied medicine at the university and the Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen.

Following house jobs at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, he became registrar at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. His next post was as senior registrar at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Finally he became consultant physician to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. During his time there he became seriously concerned about the closure of hospital casualty departments due to bed shortages and wrote a long letter about his concerns, which was published in a national newspaper as ‘No room left for emergencies’ (The Guardian 5 February 1992).

Among outdoor pursuits, he enjoyed hill walking and dinghy sailing. Theatre and opera were also favourite pastimes.

In 1963, he married Helen Barlow née Cattenach, the daughter of Albert, who was a house painter. She was also medically qualified and her brother was a physician in Chicago. When he died, Helen survived him together with their three sons.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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