Lives of the fellows

Ellen Linda Mary Rhodes

b.28 October 1920 d.7 November 2011
MB ChB Leeds(1944) DCH(1953) MRCP(1960) FRCP(1975)

Ellen Linda Mary (‘Betty’) Rhodes was a consultant dermatologist at St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, Kingston Hospital and St Anthony’s Hospital in Cheam, Surrey. Born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), her father, Victor Sidney Joyson Wreford, was a tea planter. Both her grandfather and great uncle were medical practitioners. After attending Mill Mount School in York, she studied medicine at Leeds University. Qualifying in 1944, she did house jobs at Leeds General Infirmary for two years. In 1953 she spent a year at the Falmouth Hospital and the Royal Cornwall Infirmary and then moved to London and worked as a house surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street.

In 1956 she was a resident medical officer at the Royal Free Hospital, becoming registrar in dermatology in two years later. She left the Royal Free in the early 1960s to take up a post as senior registrar in dermatology at King’s College Hospital and was appointed consultant dermatologist at the St Helier and Kingston group of hospitals in 1966. Eventually she joined the staff of St Anthony’s Hospital in Cheam and also ran a private practice.

The author of a number of scientific papers, she wrote on topics such as diabetes, granulomatous cheilitis and vasculitis. A fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, she was also a member of the British Association of Dermatologists.

In 1947 she married Wildred Harry Rhodes who was a schoolmaster. When she died, peacefully at home, she was survived by their son, Jonathan Rhodes FRCP.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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