b.15 May 1919 d.21 June 2003
MB BChir Cantab(1943) DCH(1951) MD(1955) FRCP(1970)
Robert Michael Forrester, known as ‘Sam’, was a consultant paediatrician in Wigan. He was born in Leyland, Lancashire, the son of William James Holden Forrester, a cotton manufacturer, and Constance née Law, the daughter of a printer. He was educated at Clifton College and then Cambridge, and went to Manchester for his clinical studies.
During the Second World War he was a regimental medical officer in the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, and then a staff captain in the War Office.
From 1946 to 1947, he was a registrar in the medical unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He was subsequently a registrar and then a senior registrar and lecturer in the department of child health in Manchester. In 1956 he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician for the Wigan and Leigh Group. From 1953 he was also a consultant paediatrician for Sunshine Homes and for the Royal National Institute for the Blind. He served on the Warnock committee of inquiry into the education of children with special needs.
In 1944 he married Marion Brown Turner née McIntosh. She survived him, as did their two sons and a daughter.
[Brit.med.J.,2003 327 625]
(Volume XII, page web)
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