Lives of the fellows

George Reginald Baker Newns

b.11 April 1915 d.July 2008
MB ChB Birm(1938) MRCP(1945) FRCP(1970)

George Reginald Baker Newns was a consultant physician in rheumatic diseases in Sheffield. Born in Dudley, Worcestershire, he was the son of Charles Rupert, a clerk, and his wife Susan née Baker, whose father George was a chain smith (maker of chains). Educated at Dudley Grammar School, he studied medicine at Birmingham University and Birmingham United Hospital.

After qualifying in 1938 he did house jobs at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Two years later he joined the EMS as an assistant physician and served for five years before becoming a graded physician in the RAMC.

On demobilisation in 1948 he was appointed Nuffield fellow in chronic rheumatic diseases and the following year became a senior registrar in rheumatic diseases at the Sheffield Centre for the Investigation and Treatment of Chronic Rheumatic Diseases. In 1954 he was appointed a consultant physician in rheumatic diseases at the United Sheffield Hospital and the Neiner Edge Hospital in Sheffield.

He was a member of the Heberden Society and published several papers on the therapy of disorders such as ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

His favourite pastimes were painting, gardening, woodwork and sailing.

In 1953 he married Patricia Mary née Christmas, whose father, Timothy Lee Christmas was a collector of customs and excise. When he died, Patricia survived him, together with their two daughters and son.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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