Lives of the fellows

Roderick Gwynne Howell

b.10 October 1920 d.26 January 2000
MRCS LRCP(1944) BA BM BCh Oxon(1944) MRCP(1949) FRCP(1973)

Roderick Gwynne Howell was a consultant dermatologist for the Welsh Hospital Board. He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, the son of Frederick Duke Gwynne Howell, a major-general in the RAMC, and Gertrude née Sinclair, the daughter of a barrister. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and then studied at Oriel College, Oxford, and at St Thomas’ Hospital. He enlisted in the Rifle Brigade in 1939 at the start of the Second World War, but was subsequently released as a medical student.

In 1949 he became a medical registrar at Miller General Hospital. Between 1951 and 1954 he was a registrar in the skin department at St Thomas’ Hospital, and then, for the next two years, he was a senior registrar at St Mary’s Hospital. From 1956 to 1958 he was a senior registrar at St John’s Hospital and, between 1957 and 1958, a senior registrar in the skin department of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

In 1958 he was appointed as a consultant dermatologist to the Welsh Hospital Board, working on the staff of hospitals in Swansea, Neath, Bridgend, Aberystwyth and Brecon.

He wrote papers on, among other topics, lupus, kaposi’s sarcoma, stomatitis and ulcers.

Outside medicine, he was interested in art, particularly marine artists from south Wales. He was an honorary curator of art at the Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea. He was also interested in golf and watching football and racing.

In 1952, he married Winifred Joan née Tindall. They had two sons.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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