Lives of the fellows

William McIntosh Rose

b.3 August 1917 d.11 April 2001
MB BS Melbourne(1940) MD(1944) FRACP(1954) FRCP(1979)

William McIntosh Rose was a consultant physician in Melbourne, Australia. He was born in Melbourne, the third son of Charles William Rose, a civil engineer, and Thirza née Turner, a nurse originally from Tasmania. He was educated at Malvern Grammar School and then went on to study medicine at Melbourne University. He graduated in 1940 with first class honours in medicine and surgery.

He immediately took a post as resident medical officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, but later, in 1940, he joined the Australian Army Medical Corps. He completed a course in tropical medicine in Sydney, followed by Army training in Wangaratta. After Pearl Harbour, he was posted to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. He spent much of the war there, treating the sick and wounded. After the fall of Japan, he became a physician on board a hospital ship and was one of the first medical team to visit Changi jail. He was mentioned in despatches twice, in December 1941 and September 1942.

In June 1946, he was discharged from the Army, and was awarded a Red Cross travelling scholarship. He spent a year in Leeds studying morbid anatomy under Matthew Stewart [Munk’s Roll, Vol.V, p.396] and clinical medicine with Sir Ronald Ernest Tunbridge [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VIII, p.513].

In 1947, he became a senior lecturer in pathology at Melbourne University, working under Peter MacCallum. A year later, he was appointed as an honorary physician to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and was also a physician at the Royal Women’s Hospital. In 1952 he began a private practice as a consulting physician. In 1972 he retired from private practice and joined the staff in the Royal Melbourne Hospital pathology department, where he taught morbid anatomy, as well as continued as a physician to in-patients.

At the time of his election to the Fellowship in 1979 he included horticulture and social welfare activities connected with the Uniting Church of Australia as his interests outside medicine. In 1944 he married Margaret Jean Bosse, a trained nurse, whom he had met at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. They had three daughters – Catherine, Alison and Elizabeth (an ENT surgeon).

RCP editor

[Roll of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians]

(Volume XII, page web)

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