Lives of the fellows

Angus Robson Bird

b.5 November 1923 d.19 October 2009
MB BS Durh(1952) MRCP(1956) FRCP(1978)

Angus Robson Bird was a consultant geriatrician at West Cumberland Hospital. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, his father, Thomas, was a builder. Educated at Dame Allan’s School, Newcastle, he enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1942 and served for two years as a radar mechanic with the rank of petty officer in the Fleet Air Arm. He studied medicine at King’s College, Durham and the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle. Qualifying in 1952, he did house jobs at the RVI, firstly in the child health department for a year and then in general medicine. In 1954 he moved to the Newcastle General Hospital (NGH) as a registrar in general medicine, before becoming a registrar, also in the children’s department, two years later.

From 1958 to 1975 he worked in general practice and then became clinical assistant in the department of geriatric medicine at the West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven. The following year he was appointed consultant geriatrician.

At university he had been president of the athletic union, captain of the rugby football club and of the cricket team. He also captained the Northumberland rugby football club and was a member of the English universities team. Later, he enjoyed playing squash, fell walking and skiing. Listening to music was another favourite pastime.

In 1949 he married Kathleen Salome née Reed. She was also a graduate in medicine and her father, Herbert, was a manager. Kathleen became chief medical officer for Cumbria. They had a son and two daughters one of whom Jane, qualified in medicine from Birmingham University in 1976. Their son, Angus Graham [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.59], became a consultant in clinical immunology in Oxford and died when he was aged 50 as a result of a brain tumour. Bird’s brother, Thomas, was a consultant haematologist at the NGH.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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