Lives of the fellows

Michael James Templer

b.20 June 1933 d.9 March 2012
MRCS LRCP(1957) MRCP Edin(1966) FRCP(1980) FRCP Edin(1987) FRACP(1997)

Michael James Templer was a physician for British Military hospitals in Cyprus, Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany. He was born in Kenya, where his father, Harold Edward Templer was a farmer. In late life he was to speculate that he might have been the first fellow of the RCP to have been born in Kenya. After attending the Prince of Wales School in Nairobi, he travelled to the UK and, from 1951 to 1953, he served with the RNVR.

He studied medicine at London University and St Thomas’ Hospital and did house jobs at the Royal Berkshire Hospital from 1957 to 1958. Returning to Kenya, he then spent a year as a house surgeon at the King George VI Hospital in Nairobi and then worked in various hospitals in the Rift Valley, Central and Eastern Provinces, employed by the British overseas civil service.

In 1964 he returned to London to spend a year at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases before serving as a lieutenant colonel in the RAMC and being appointed physician to various British Military hospitals in Dhakelia (Cyprus), Hong Kong, Dharan (Nepal), Singapore and Hannover between 1967 and 1980. While he was in Hannover he was a clinical tutor at the British Military Hospital in 1977.

Outside medicine he enjoyed playing golf and bridge and going fishing.

In 1957 he married Elizabeth Jane (‘Jane’) née Daniel whose father, Martin Charles Daniel was a solicitor. When he died in Tasmania after a long illness, Jane survived him together with their children, Catherine, William and Robert.

RCP editor

[Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - accessed 2 November 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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