Lives of the fellows

Percy Bruce Southmayd Fowler

b.7 March 1921 d.8 August 2011
BA BM BCh Oxon(1944) MRCP(1946) DM(1953) FRCP(1963)

Percy Bruce Southmayd (Bruce) Fowler was a consultant physician at Wembley and Gerrards Cross hospitals. He was born in Shanghai, China where his father, Percy Fowler, was a company director. His mother, Mildred Ida née Southmayd, was the daughter of John Barney Southmayd, a company director in the USA. After attending Harrow School, he studied medicine at Balliol College, Oxford and St Thomas’ Hospital.

After house jobs at St Helier Hospital, he did his National Service as a major in the Middle East and also served as an ordinary seaman for two months.

Demobilised in 1948, he returned to Oxford and worked at the Radcliffe Infirmary for a year before moving to the London Hospital as an assistant physician in the department of industrial medicine. He joined Bromley Hospital as a senior registrar in 1950 and moved to Charing Cross Hospital two years later. In 1954 he was appointed a consultant physician at Charing Cross and Harrow hospitals and, the following year, at Chalfont and Gerrards Cross Hospital. Three years later he also joined the staff of Wembley Hospital.

The author of scientific papers on various topics such as ‘printer’s asthma’ and heart disorders, he also published a book Common symptoms of disease (Oxford, Blackwell Scientific, 1975). He was a member of the Association of Physicians and the International Society of Internal Medicine.

Outside medicine he enjoyed sailing and gardening.

In 1948 he married Margaret Kynaston née Lloyd whose father, Major Sir Ernest Guy Richard Lloyd was a Member of Parliament. All four of their children were medically qualified. Their daughters, Susanne (married Richard Savage) and Amanda (married Andrew Platts) entered general practice. Of their sons, Michael became a cardiologist and an FRCP and Guy also qualified MB BS. When he died his family survived him.

RCP editor

[The Peerage - accessed 2 September 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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