Lives of the fellows

Eric Vincent Cox

b.28 July 1925 d.7 April 2011
BSc Durh(1945) MB BS(1948) MRCP(1955) MD(1958) FRCP(1972)

Eric Vincent Cox was a consultant physician at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. Born in Codnor, Derbyshire, he was the son of Herreck Vincent Cox, a clerk, and his wife, Madeleine née Whelan, whose father, James Lawson Whelan, was a foreman boilermaker. Educated at St Cuthbert’s Grammar School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he studied medicine at Durham University and the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle.

After qualifying in 1948, he did house jobs at the RVI until 1956 and was also a research fellow from 1951 to 1954. He then moved to Birmingham and was a senior registrar at the Birmingham General Hospital from 1956 to 1963 during which time he spent a year in the USA as a research fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. In 1963 he was appointed a consultant physician at Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

He contributed a chapter on post-gastrectomy anaemia to Partial gastrectomy: complications and metabolic consequences (London, Butterworths, 1963) edited by F A R Stammers and J A Williams. A member of the Medical Research Society, he was also a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology.

While at university he had been at keen sportsman and won both English Universities and Northumberland rugby football caps. Later he enjoyed playing golf and gardening.

In 1954 he married Marjory Elizabeth (‘Bette’) née Fawcett, whose father, Stanley, was a managing director. She predeceased him and he was survived by their son, Chris, daughters, Sally and Katie and grandchildren, John, Joe, Michael, Emily, James, Lucinda, Charlie, Charlie and Lizzie.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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