Lives of the fellows

Basil Wolman

b.17 March 1918 d.21 April 2010
MB ChB Manch(1941) MRCS LRCP(1942) MRCP(1944) DCH(1947) MD(1951) FRCP(1972) FRCPCH(1997)

Basil Wolman was a consultant paediatrician at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, Manchester, and in Bury and Rochdale. He was born in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, where his father, Mark Wolman, was working as a tailor. His mother was Sophie Wolman née Rose. He was educated at Manchester Central High School and then studied medicine. His two younger brothers, and eventually a nephew, followed him into the medical profession.

He held junior posts in Manchester, at Ancoats, Withington and the Royal Manchester Children’s hospitals. Between 1948 and 1951 he was an assistant lecturer in paediatrics at the University of Manchester, and in 1950 spent a year as a teaching and research fellow at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

From 1951 to 1964 he was a consultant paediatrician in Bury and Rochdale. In 1964 he became a consultant at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, where he also became the postgraduate tutor. At Manchester University he was an honorary clinical lecturer in paediatrics (from 1951), an examiner and a member of the faculty of medicine. He also helped establish special care nurseries in Bury and Rochdale for children with learning disabilities. His papers appeared in, among other journals, the Archives of Disease in Childhood and Acta Paediatrica Scandinavica.

He was president of the Manchester Paediatric Club (in 1961) and of the paediatric section of Manchester Medical Society (in 1977). He also served on the council of the British Paediatric Association (from 1977 to 1980). In retirement he was vice chairman of the Bridge, a charity providing independent investigations into child neglect and abuse.

In 1945 he married Helena Norris, who died in 2008. They adopted two children, John and Amy. Basil was an active member of the South Manchester Synagogue and was president of Manchester Jewish Social Services. He had interests in music, opera and ballet, and was a very popular person. His death saddened all who knew him.

Sam Oleesky

[Brit.med.J., 2010 341 3832]

(Volume XII, page web)

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