Lives of the fellows

Philip Roderick Butler

b.7 May 1933 d.3 July 2008
MB BChir Cantab(1957) DCH Lond(1963) MRCP(1964) FRCP(1985)

Philip Roderick Butler was a consultant geriatrician to the East Somerset Health District. Born in Birmingham, he was the son of Rupert Donovan Weeden Butler, an ophthalmic surgeon, and his wife, Mary, who was a teacher. His grandfather, Thomas Harrison Butler, was also an ophthalmic surgeon and president of the Royal Ophthalmological Society and his uncle, Richard Weeden Butler, was an orthopaedic surgeon. Educated at Oundle School, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Qualifying in 1957, he did house jobs at the Queen Elizabeth before moving to Coventry the following year as a senior house officer and registrar in medicine. He joined the RAMC in 1960 to do his National Service and, when he was demobilised two years later, returned to Coventry as a house physician in paediatrics.

In 1963 he became a medical registrar to the Dudley Road Hospital in Birmingham and, a year later, went to Bahrain as a senior medical specialist to the Government. On his return to the UK in 1971, he was appointed a senior registrar in geriatrics at the West Middlesex Hospital and the following year joined the East Somerset Health District as a consultant geriatrician.

He enjoyed country pursuits such as bee keeping, local history and archaeology, and he was a keen windsurfer.

In 1976 he married Carole Anne, a legal executive, and they had one son and three daughters. When he died, Carole and their family survived him.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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