Lives of the fellows

Leonard Robert Bagg

b.5 October 1947 d.24 June 2006
BSc Lond(1968) MB BS(1971) MRCP(1974) FRCP(1992)

Bob Bagg was a consultant chest physician in Ilford, London, known for his excellent diagnostic skills. He spent his early childhood moving frequently with his family to different post war RAF air bases, where his father, William Leonard Bagg, was a wing commander. His mother, Marjorie Jean Bagg, was a housewife. During this time Bob developed his life-long interest in travelling and in country pursuits, learnt from his father. Whilst living in Singapore, at the age of 10, he met his future wife Jen.

He won an RAF-supported scholarship to King’s School, Worcester, where his competitive nature led him to excel both in the classroom and on the sports field. He trained at the London Medical School.

Bob married Jen in their early twenties and he completed his senior house jobs at the London Hospital. They travelled to Kenya, where Bob took up the role of lecturer at the University of Nairobi, becoming involved in research and undergraduate training at the Kenyatta Hospital. Here he was able to practise a wide range of general and tropical medicine, which he found fascinating. Bob and Jen celebrated the birth of their first child, Ned, in 1975 in Kenya and returned to England. The family was completed by the arrival of William and Jessica.

Bob finished his training as a registrar and Wellcome research fellow at the London Hospital and was appointed as a consultant general physician specialising in chest medicine at King George Hospital, Ilford, in 1983. Here he became clinical director of medicine and was instrumental in developing the new district general hospital at Goodmayes. He integrated TB services for Redbridge and north east London, and was also president of the Ilford Medical Society.

Teaching and supporting junior staff in their future careers was important to Bob and house jobs on his firm were highly sought after; a typical comment being ‘he was the sort of doctor we all wanted to be’. His ability to listen and discern shaped his success as a consultant. Colleagues frequently sought his advice and counsel for themselves and their families, testament to the high regard in which they held him both professionally and personally. His peers and colleagues have described him as an 'academic star', ‘ferociously clever’ and ‘always a gentleman in dealing with others’.

When time allowed, Bob and Jen continued to travel abroad, exploring and learning about different cultures on many wonderful holidays. Following his retirement from NHS work, Bob pursued his love of the countryside, fishing, game-shooting with his beloved gun dogs, and walking in Epping Forest. Annual trips to north Cornwall with family and friends were particularly special.

Bob had a remarkable memory and enjoyed some rigorous discussion and debate around the table, often cooking meals, which he was rather good at. His sense of humour and of the ridiculous made him entertaining company. The arrival of his grandchildren gave him huge pleasure.

He was survived by his wife, Jen, their three children and four grandchildren.

Jennifer Bagg
Violaine Carpenter

(Volume XII, page web)

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