Lives of the fellows

Harry Robbins Thomson

b.10 October 1914 d.27 July 2010
MB BS Lond(1938) MRCS LRCP(1938) DLO(1942) MD(1945) MRCP(1945) DCH(1949) FRCP(1975)

Winston Murray Leslie Turner was a consultant paediatrician in Burnley. Born in London, he was the son of Abraham William Turner, a teacher, and his wife, Agnes née Feldman, whose father, Ferdinand, was a shoe manufacturer. Educated at Cooper’s School in London, he studied medicine at London University and University College Hospital (UCH).

After qualifying in 1938, he did house jobs at UCH and then the Royal South Hants Hospital. In 1940 he enlisted with the RAF and served as a squadron leader in the medical branch for six years.

On demobilisation he returned to UCH as a medical registrar from 1947 to 1948, and then he joined the staff of the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital for a year. Moving back to London and now specialising in paediatrics, he worked at the West London Hospital and the Prince of Wales Hospital from 1950 to 1952. He was then appointed a consultant paediatrician to the Burnley and District hospitals.

He was the author of several important papers on childhood disorders such as tuberculosis and toxoplasmosis.

At one time a champion swimmer, in later life he enjoyed photography and gardening. A lover of the arts, especially music; he also collected antique glass.

In 1953 he married Helen Mary née Dence, a fellow medical graduate whose father Alexander Frank was a biologist. She survived him, together with their children, Judy, Mark and Clarie; grandchildren, Caroline, Alison, Jennie, Kate, Jamie and Lillie; and great-grandson Oliver.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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