Lives of the fellows

Gareth Hughes

b.3 August 1932 d.11 November 2013
MB ChB Liverp(1956) MRCP(1967) FRCP Glasg(1977) FRCP(1980)

Gareth Hughes was a geriatrician in Aberystwyth. He was born in Caernarvon, north Wales, the son of John Owen Hughes, a managing director. He was educated at Caernarvon Grammar School and then went on to study medicine at Liverpool University. He qualified in 1956.

He was a house surgeon at Royal Southern Hospital and Sefton General Hospital, in Liverpool. and then carried out his National Service, serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps with the British Army of the Rhine in Germany.

In 1960 he returned home to Wales, as a senior house officer and registrar in general medicine at Caernarvonshire and Angelsey Infirmary, Bangor, under the much-respected physician William Emyr James Jones. Hughes developed a firm friendship with Jones, who was also his father-in-law.

Deciding to specialise in geriatrics, he moved to Glasgow to train with William Ferguson Anderson [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.18], at that time the holder of the only chair of geriatric medicine. He was a registrar on the professorial unit, and then, from October 1967 to June 1969, a senior registrar and honorary lecturer in geriatric medicine in Dundee.

In 1969 he returned to Wales, to Aberystwyth, as a consultant physician in geriatric medicine. In 1970 he was awarded a Churchill travelling fellowship to visit Denmark and Finland to study their approaches to the care of the elderly. In 1982 he helped organise the spring meeting of the British Geriatrics Society in Aberystwyth. A year later, he spent a summer at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, as a visiting professor. He was later responsible for postgraduate education at Bronglais General Hospital.

Following his retirement, he became president of the Aberystwyth Stroke Club, which he had founded, and Age Cymru Ceredigion. He also volunteered at the Aberystwyth Citizens Advice Bureau. With his wife Gwen (née Jones), whom he married in 1956, he tended their large garden, walked in the Welsh hills and enjoyed caravanning.

Gareth Hughes was survived by Gwen, by their two sons, Harry and Dafydd, and their two daughters, Sian and Gwenno.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2014 349 6463 – accessed 9 February 2016]

(Volume XII, page web)

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