Lives of the fellows

Ronald Cathcart Roxburgh

b.16 August 1920 d.20 November 2005
BA Cantab(1942) MRCS LRCP(1944) MB BChir(1947) DCH(1949) MRCP(1950) MD(1954) FRCP(1972)

Ronald Cathcart Roxburgh was a consultant paediatrician at King’s Lynn and West Norfolk hospitals. He was born in Edinburgh, the son of Archibald Cathcart Roxburgh [Munk’s Roll, Vol.V, p.361], a distinguished dermatologist, and Grace Mary Blanche Roxburgh née Lambert, the daughter of John Alexander Lambert, a lieutenant colonel in the British Army. Roxburgh was educated at Saint Ronan’s and then Stowe, and went on to study at Trinity College, Cambridge, and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School. He qualified in 1944.

He was a house surgeon and then an obstetric and gynaecology intern at Bart’s. Between 1945 and 1947, he was a surgeon lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, serving mainly in South East Asia.

Following his demobilisation, he was a house physician and then junior registrar at Westminster Children’s Hospital. In 1951 he was house physician to Alan Moncrieff [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VI, p.343] at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Between 1952 and 1953 he returned to Westminster Children’s Hospital, as a resident medical officer. He then went to Bart’s, where he was a paediatric registrar from 1953 to 1954. For the next five years he was a senior paediatric registrar at the London and Queen Elizabeth hospitals in East London.

In 1960 he was appointed to his consultant paediatrician post in East Anglia, as the area’s first paediatrician. He continued working at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, until his retirement in September 1982.

After his retirement he became a member of the West Norfolk Health Authority (from 1983 to 1988). He continued his involvement with the Norfolk branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, for which he often fundraised. In 1998 the new children’s centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital was named in his honour.

Outside medicine, he loved the country life and enjoyed fishing and shooting.

In 1952 he married Angela Mary Elizabeth Grylls, the daughter of a brigadier in the British Army. They had two sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren. He died at his Wiggenhall St Mary home after a long battle with prostate cancer.

RCP editor

[Lynn News www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/latest-news/tributes_to_lynn_s_first_paediatrician_1_506942Tuesday 22 November 2005 – accessed 27 April 2012]

(Volume XII, page web)

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