Lives of the fellows

Richard Arthur Womersley

b.11 November 1920 d.1 August 2012
MB BChir Cantab(1944) MRCSLRCP(1944) MRCP(1949) MD(1954) FRCP(1968)

Richard Arthur Womersley was a consultant physician at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, he was the son of John Samuel Womersley, a shipping agent, and his wife Mary Ellen née Boyle, the daughter of Sydney Cuthbert Boyle, a merchant. After attending Shirley House Preparatory School and Haileybury College, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and the Middlesex Hospital.

Qualifying in 1945, he joined the RNVR to do his National Service. Demobilised in 1947, he spent two years doing house jobs at the Middlesex before becoming a medical registrar there in 1949. Three years later, in 1952, he was awarded the Sir Comyns Berkeley travelling fellowship and went to the USA, where he was a visiting assistant professor of medicine at Yale University.

Returning from the US in 1955, he was appointed a senior lecturer in medicine at Queen’s University and a consultant physician at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. He was a member of the Medical Research Society and the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and published various papers on human metabolism, on treatment with steroids and on kidney function.

Outside medicine, his favourite activities were listening to music and sailing.

He married Elizabeth Anne (‘Lizanne’) née Waldock in 1951; she was the daughter of Ernest Kenzie Waldock, an advertising agent. They met while he was at the Middlesex and she was running a florist’s shop inside the hospital, having trained under Constance Spry. They had a daughter and three sons. Lizanne predeceased him and he was survived by their children, Adrienne, John Mark and Peter, and 12 grandchildren.

RCP editor

[Sunday Mirror 2 March 1952,638950&hl=en]

(Volume XII, page web)

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