Lives of the fellows

Reginald Glover Epps

b.14 April 1918 d.23 March 2005
AO BSc Sydney(1938) MB BS(1943) MRCP(1950) MRACP(1969) FRCP(1973) FRACP

Reginald Glover Epps (‘Reg’) was a physician in Sydney, New South Wales. He was born in Sydney, the son of a Raynor George Howie Epps, a trust officer, and his wife, Mary Glover, née Cooley, the daughter of William Glover Cooley, an accountant at Vickers Armstrong, in Sheffield, UK. He was educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School, and proceeded to study medicine at Sydney University and Sydney Hospital. He qualified in 1943, and later that year he joined the Royal Australasian Army Medical Corps and served in the campaigns in New Guinea and Borneo from 1944 to 1945.

In 1951, he travelled to the UK and undertook postgraduate training in cardiology at the National Heart Hospital in London, before becoming a registrar in the cardiac department at the Brompton Hospital from 1952 to 1953. At this time he published ‘Left atrial and pulmonary capillary venous pressure in mitral stenosis’ (Br heart j, 1953, 15, 298).

He then returned to Sydney and did house jobs at the Royal North Shore Hospital and was a specialist physician to the repatriation department of New South Wales. In 1960 he became a senior honorary physician to the Ryde District Hospital and consultant to the repatriation department. Seven years later, he was appointed a senior honorary physician to the Royal North Shore Hospital.

While he was an undergraduate in Sydney he represented the university in athletics. He also enjoyed swimming and tennis.

In 1951, he married Petra Alma née Gartery, the daughter of Robert, a company branch manager. They had three children. Petra predeceased him and he was survived by his second wife, Margaret, and children, Robert, Louisa (by now Mrs Briggs), and Adrienne, who was medically qualified and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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