Lives of the fellows

Glanmor Rhys Davies

b.1915 d.4 May 2008
BSc Wales(1936) MB BCh(1939) MRCP(1947) MD(1948) FRCP(1969)

Glanmor Rhys Davies was a consultant physician at West Wales General Hospital, Carmarthan. He was born in Tonypandy, Rhondda Fawr, as his father's family had moved there from north Pembrokeshire in the late nineteenth century due to the huge expansion of the South Wales coalfields. Qualifying in 1939 from Cardiff University, he did house jobs at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary before joining the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

During the Second World War he served in North Africa, Iceland and the UK. He returned to Cardiff on demobilisation and became senior registrar in neurology. In 1950 he was appointed a consultant physician in Haverfordwest. As their only consultant physician, his workload there was very demanding, ranging from paediatrics to care of the elderly.

In 1961 he moved to Carmarthen, and was consultant there until his retirement in 1980. An active member of the BMA in south west Wales, he was for many years secretary of the Society of Physicians of Wales. He was the author, jointly with P Jenkins and P S Harper, of 'Morquio-Brailsford disease. A report of four affected sisters with absence of excessive keratan sulphate in the urine' (Bri j radiol, 1973, 46, 668-75). Known as an amusing and accomplished speaker, these skills were often called upon at meetings and other less formal occasions.

Collecting antiques was one of his enthusiasms, and he appreciated fine wines.

His wife, Sylvia, survived him, together with their three sons, seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Two of his sons, Michael and Peter, and two of his grandchildren are also medically qualified.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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