Lives of the fellows

Jeffrey Miles Walker

b.17 August 1927 d.29 April 2008
MB ChB Birm(1950) MRCS LRCP(1950) MRCP Edin(1951) FRCP Edin(1971) FRCP(1975)

Jeffrey Miles Walker was a consultant physician at the Hope Hospital, Salford. Born in Birmingham, he was the son of Ernest William Walker, a consultant electrical engineer and his wife, Eunice Brenda née Lodge, whose father, Frederick, was a company director.

Educated at Wilde Green College in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, he studied medicine at Birmingham University and the Queen Elizabeth and other Birmingham hospitals. After qualifying in 1950, he joined the Birmingham regional thoracic unit and the following year did house jobs at Wordsley Hospital in Stourbridge. He enlisted in the RAF in 1952 to do his National Service and was discharged with the rank of squadron leader two years later.

Moving to Malvern in 1954, he was a registrar to St Wulstan’s Hospital, a Second World War US army hospital that had been converted in 1950 to a national health treatment centre for tuberculosis. Following that, he spent two years at Pinewood Hospital in Berkshire between 1956 and 1957, and then joined the staff of Harefield Hospital and the Whittington as a rotating senior registrar where he remained until 1963. Appointed a consultant physician at Hope Hospital in Salford, he set up the department of thoracic medicine there and worked hard to ensure that the hospital would become a university teaching hospital 10 years later.

He published papers on tumours of the phrenic nerve, the treatment of macroglobulin anaemia and survival after haemoptysis and nephritis and, at the University of Manchester, he was an honorary lecturer in medicine.

On retirement in 1986 he returned to the Cotswolds where he enjoyed gardening, cricket, travel and steam trains. He was also fond of music and, in his youth, had been an accomplished jazz saxophonist.

In 1954 he married Eunice Brenda (known as ‘Brenda’), whose father, Frederick Lodge, was a company director. When he died he was survived by Brenda and their two daughters.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2009 338 924]

(Volume XII, page web)

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