Lives of the fellows

Robert Glendinning Miller

b.24 December 1918 d.24 December 2009
BA Cantab(1940) MB BChir(1942) MRCP(1948) MD(1962) FRCP(1969)

Robert Glendinning Miller was a consultant physician with a special interest in geriatrics at Bedford General Hospital. Born in Belfast, his father, Sinclair Millar, was a consultant physician and consultant pathologist, and his mother, Norah Isabel née Glendinning, was the daughter of Robert Graham Glendinning, a company director and a member of parliament. Educated at King James’ Grammar School in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and the London Hospital.

After qualifying in 1942, he did house jobs at the London, in the neurosurgical unit. The following year he was a house physician at Haymeads Emergency Hospital in Bishop Stortford. He joined the RAMC in 1943 and served with the India Command of the 14th Army on the India-Burma border in 1944. He then spent some time in the parachute regiment of the South East Asia command. In 1946 he was involved in organising the repatriation of Allied prisoners of war and internees from Singapore and Java.

On demobilisation in 1946 he returned to the London for three years, before moving to Manchester. At the Manchester Royal Infirmary, he was a resident medical officer from 1951 to 1952, and then he spent a year as a senior registrar at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was then appointed an assistant physician in geriatrics at Sunderland General Hospital and, from 1955, a consultant physician with special interest in geriatrics, at the Bedford General Hospital.

He wrote, and co-wrote, several papers on the problems of the elderly and was vice-chairman of the Bedfordshire Old People’s Welfare Council from 1963. A member of the Bedford hospital group management committee, he was also chairman of the group’s medical advisory subcommittee in the 1960s. At the same time he was a member of the Bedford municipal charities committee and a member of the Bedford citizen’s housing association committee. He also qualified as a barrister at Gray’s Inn in 1972.

Outside of medicine, he enjoyed walking, archaeology and history.

In 1954 he married Alice Mary Curson née Molyneux, whose father, George, was an engineer. They had a son and a daughter, Elizabeth Sinclair Armstrong.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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