Lives of the fellows

Michael Symons

b.10 August 1920 d.3 August 2008
MB BChir Cantab(1944) MRCP(1946) FRCPath(1964) FRCP(1975)

Michael Symons was a consultant pathologist at the Royal Salop Infirmary, Shrewsbury. He was born in Bristol, the son of Arthur Denis Symons, who was a medical practitioner and medical officer of health for Shrewsbury. Educated at Shrewsbury School, he studied medicine at St John's College, Cambridge and Bristol United Hospitals.

He qualified in 1944 and did house jobs at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, becoming a lecturer in pathology at the University of Bristol the following year. For his National Service he joined the RAMC and served as a temporary major specialising in pathology from 1948 to 1949.

On demobilisation, he was appointed a consultant pathologist at the Royal Shropshire Infirmary, eventually becoming a senior consultant. He was president of the Shropshire and Wales branch of the BMA and of the West Mercian branch of the Association of Clinical Pathologists. Published work by him included papers on retroperitonial ganglioneuroma, carcinoma of the fallopian tubes and ruptured aneurysm of the sinus.

A great-nephew of A E Houseman, the poet and classical scholar, he shared his ancestor's love of the countryside and rural walks. He also enjoyed listening to music.

In 1944, he married Mary Florence née Rowland, whose father was William Westcar Rowland, a brewer. Mary predeceased him, and he was survived by their children, Heather, Susan and Richard, and grandchildren Emma, James, Jonathan and Oliver.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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