Lives of the fellows

Iolo Gwerfyl Williams

b.23 October 1914 d.18 February 2004
MRCS LRCP(1938) MB BS Lond(1940) MRCP(1948) MCPath(1963) FCPath(1965) FRCP(1972)

Iolo Gwerfyl Williams was a consultant pathologist to the Woolwich group of hospitals. He was born in Trehafod, near Pontypridd, south Wales, the son of John Isaac Williams, a master ironmonger. His mother was Sarah Rosina née Thomas, the daughter of a colliery manager. He was educated at Trehafod school and then Towyn Grammar. He went on to study medicine at King’s College in London and carried out his clinical studies at Westminster Hospital.

He was a house surgeon and casualty officer at Westminster Hospital between 1938 and 1939. He was then an assistant medical officer at Brighton Municipal Hospital.

In 1942 he joined the RAF, and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of squadron leader.

Immediately following his demobilisation, he returned to Westminster Hospital, as a house physician. He then became a junior registrar in pathology at the same hospital. From 1950 to 1951 he was a senior registrar in pathology at Lewisham Hospital. He then became an assistant pathologist for the Bromley, Orpington and Sevenoaks hospitals group, and was eventually appointed as a consultant pathologist to the Woolwich group.

At the time of his election to the fellowship in 1972 he listed music, gardening and ‘occasional golf’ as his interests.

In 1940 he married Naomi Piney. They had two children, a son and a daughter.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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