Lives of the fellows

Madeleine Brenda Morris

b.24 August 1915 d.17 January 2009
MB BS Lond(1941) MRCS LRCP(1941) DCH(1948) MD(1950) MRCP(1954) MRCP Edin(1955) FRCP(1974) FRCP Edin(1974)

Madeleine Brenda Morris was a consultant paediatrician at Barrow and Furness Hospital. She was born in Barry, Glamorgan, the daughter of a draper, John Morgan Morris and his wife Magdalene, whose father, John Evans was a farmer. She attended Redland High School for Girls in Bristol and studied medicine at University College London and Leeds University. She qualified in 1941 and joined the RAMC the following year, serving as a general duties officer with the rank of captain until 1946.

After early appointments in Leeds and Sheffield, she joined the staff of Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool as house physician from 1946 to 1947. Following this post she became neonatal registrar to the university department of child health, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester and, from 1951 to 1956, senior registrar (paediatric) to the Whittington Hospital, London. Her appointment as consultant paediatrician to the Barrow and Furness Hospital Group was in 1956. During the 1950s she published several papers on the disorders of premature and newborn babies, and she was a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Yachting was a favourite activity and she also enjoyed listening to music.

In 1963 she married Arthur William Bovitt Strachan and became stepmother to his children. Her husband’s father, James, was a professor of semitic languages.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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