Lives of the fellows

David James Rhodes

b.25 July 1939 d.15 December 2007
MRCS LRCP(1966) MB BS Lond(1966) DObst RCOG(1968) MRCGP(1971) MRCP(1980) FRCP(2000)

David James Rhodes was a general practitioner in Harrold, Bedfordshire. He was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, the son of Robert James Rhodes, a printing ink manufacturer, and Violet Rhodes, a housewife. He was educated at Durants School in Hertfordshire and then Watford High School. Rhodes left school at 16 to become an apprentice printer, but eventually decided to switch to medicine. He studied at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, carrying out an elective with the Red Cross in Africa and qualifying in 1966.

He held house posts at Hither Green and Stoke Mandeville hospitals, then in 1968 he became a principal in a general practice in Harrold. While a general practitioner, he gained his membership of both the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Physicians.

He retired from the NHS in 1992, but continued as an independent GP and also became a medical officer for Unilever Research.

Outside medicine, Rhodes was interested in fishing. He was a member of the Salmon and Trout Association, and was a national fly fishing instructor. He was also actively involved in the local rugby club.

In 1966 he married Jane Christine, a secretary. They had a son and two daughters, one of whom became a GP in Cornwall.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2008 336 1025]

(Volume XII, page web)

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