Lives of the fellows

Donald Spencer Cadman

b.28 March 1917 d.8 December 2007
BA Cantab(1938) MB BChir(1941) MRCP(1943) FRCP(1971)

Donald Spencer Cadman was a consultant physician in thoracic medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He was born in Wellington, Shropshire, the son of Thomas Cadman, a printing works manager, and Betsy Adelaide Cadman, the daughter of a colliery manager. He was educated at Constitutional Hill Elementary School, Wellington, and Adams’ Grammar school, Newport. He went on to St John’s College, Cambridge, where he studied natural sciences, and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He qualified in 1941.

From 1941 to 1942 he was a house physician in the children’s department at St Bartholomew’s. He then spent two years there as a medical chief assistant.

From 1945 to 1947 he was in the medical service of the RAF, working as a medical specialist.

On his return to London, he became a registrar at the London Chest and Brompton hospitals, and in 1951 he was appointed to his post at St Thomas’.

Outside medicine, he listed gardening, reading and golf as his interests when he was elected to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1971. He also modestly added that he had made ‘No distinction whatsoever in any of these fields’.

In 1942 he married Mary Sylvia Hawkins. They had a son and two daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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