Lives of the fellows

Herbert Lumley Matthews

b.13 October 1924 d.10 June 2007
MB ChB Manch(1947) MRCP(1951) MD(1963) FRCP(1972)

Herbert Lumley Matthews (known as ‘Bertie’) was a consultant physician at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. He was born in Khodaung, Burma, the son of Thomas Herbert Matthews, a consultant engineer, and Blanche Anne Matthews née Grocock, the daughter of a farmer. He decided to become a doctor after the death of an older brother, a medical student, who died from septicaemia in the late 1930s. Matthews was educated at Manchester Grammar School and then went on to study medicine at Manchester University, qualifying in 1947.

He held house posts in Taunton, Somerset, and at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, and then, in 1948, joined the RAMC for his National Service.

From 1951 he was a medical registrar at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. After two years he became a medical registrar at the United Birmingham Hospitals. He was then a senior registrar at Leicester, Sheffield and, in 1963, Derby. In 1965 he was appointed as a consultant physician in Derby.

He was a member of the sub-committee on group practice of the Department of Health’s standing medical advisory committee, and was co-author of the sub-committee’s report The organization of group practice (London, HMSO, 1971).

At the time of his election to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1972 he listed claret and sailing as his interests.

In 1964 he married Gillian Ruth Masters. They had three daughters. He died in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary from complications following a fall at home.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2007 335 1051]

(Volume XII, page web)

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