Lives of the fellows

Alfred Guy Chappell

b.18 December 1931 d.18 December 2008
OBE MB ChB Birmingham(1954) MRCP(1962) FRCP(1975)

Guy Chappell was a consultant physician in general and thoracic medicine at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. His father was George Ernest Chappell, a schoolmaster, and he was educated at Bridgend Grammar School in Glamorgan. He went on to study medicine at Birmingham Medical School, qualifying in 1954. He held junior posts in Merthyr Tydfil and Glasgow.

He served as a registrar at New Cross, Wolverhampton, Queen Mary’s (Westminster), Roehampton and Brompton Hospital, London, before becoming a senior registrar at Brompton. He was then appointed as the first full-time consultant at the then Bridgend General Hospital, and was a leading example of the trained chest physicians who replaced the old tuberculosis doctors. He set up a model service, started a postgraduate centre and was its organiser for the first nine years.

Chappell held office in many medical societies, both nationally and in the principality and was a valued member of his health authority. He played a major part in commissioning a new district general hospital, where he initiated a coronary care unit and served as medical director. His work was recognised by the award of an OBE for services to medicine.

He published widely, especially on lung caner and sarcoidosis, with many contributions on general medical themes. Until his death he was regional adviser to the coalminer’s compensation scheme for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). This required him to regularly visit chest physicians to discuss errors revealed in their frequent audits. This was always done with great tact, and he never hurt or offended his colleagues.

Guy had an endearing sense of humour and any conversation with him always ended in laughter. I recall him chairing a national meeting when I entered the hall on crutches following a knee operation. Guy announced that the damage to my knee was a result of excessive genuflection to the chairman of the Higher Awards Committee.

He is survived by his wife, Helen, five children and three grandchildren, who were all an enormous support to him.

Gerald Anderson

[Brit.med.J., 2009 338 720]

(Volume XII, page web)

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