Lives of the fellows

Alan Francis William Marshall Pooler

b.6 November 1929 d.6 June 2009
MB BS London(1953) MRCS LRCP(1953) FCP South Africa(1968) MRCP(1972) FRCP(1984)

Alan Francis William Marshall Pooler (Bill) was a consultant physician in geriatric medicine at Basingstoke District Hospital. Born in Stonebroom, Derbyshire, his father, Alan Frederick Roberts Pooler, was a general practitioner, as were his grandfather, great uncle, uncle and two of his cousins. Another uncle was an anaesthetist. His grandfather had been vice-president of the British Medical Association.

Educated at Epsom College, he studied medicine at London University and St Mary's Hospital. He qualified in 1953, and two years later he enlisted in the RAF to do his National Service. On demobilisation in 1957, he returned to St Mary’s as a registrar in the allergy clinics of the Wright-Fleming Institute of Microbiology.

In 1965 he travelled to South Africa and joined the staff of the King Edward VII Hospital in Durban as a medical officer. He stayed there for five years. On his return to the UK he spent a year as a registrar in geriatric medicine at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth, before moving to the Southampton group of hospitals as senior registrar. He remained there for two years and was then appointed to the consultancy in Basingstoke in 1973.

When he was young he was keen on athletics and had been the United Hospitals long jump champion three times. Later he enjoyed golf and, what he termed, ‘compulsory gardening’.

In1964 he married Jacoba ('Coby') née Vos, whose father, Adriaan was a milk processing engineer. They had two sons and a daughter. When he died, after a long battle with cancer, Coby survived him together with their children, Bob, Elaine and Christopher, and grandchildren, Ned, Max, Daisy, Teagan, Brandon, Daniel and Oscar.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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