Lives of the fellows

Charles Stewart McKendrick

b.21 October 1919 d.25 June 2014
BA Cantab(1941) MB BChir(1943) MRCP(1948) MD(1955) FRCP(1967) JP

Charles Stewart McKendrick was a consultant physician at Mossley Hill Hospital, Liverpool. Born in Forest Hall, Northumberland, he was the son of James McKendrick, a banker, and his wife Blanche Miriam née Blowman, who was the daughter of Thomas Blowman, a railway official. After attending Earnseat Preparatory School in Arnside he went to Bootham School in York. He studied medicine at Cambridge University and Liverpool United Hospital, qualifying MB B Chir in 1943. For the next three years he served with the RAMC and later, in 1950, joined the TA and took command of 165(W) Casualty Clearing Station. In 1954 he became a Lieutenant Colonel in the TA.

At the Royal Liverpool United Hospitals he did house jobs, before working as a medical registrar at Broadgreen Hospital. Appointed a consultant cardiologist at the Liverpool Regional Cardiac Centre in 1957, he became lecturer in clinical medicine at the University of Liverpool the following year. Six years later, in 1964, he was made deputy physician in charge of the cardiac centre, and in 1956 was appointed a consultant physician at Mossley Hill Hospital.

During his career he produced papers on various aspects of clinical and research cardiology. He was appointed a JP in 1961 and became a member of the Liverpool Reginal Hospital Board in 1963. Outside medicine he enjoyed painting and studying palaeontology.

In 1950 he married Olive Mary née Bell, the daughter of an architect, Thomas Frederick Bell. She also qualified in medicine at Liverpool in 1947 and specialised in paediatrics, working as a senior medical officer to the committee on child health of the area health authority and a senior clinical assistant in the department of child health at Alder Hey Hospital. She wrote particularly about visual handicap in children and on the aetiology of spina bifida. They had a son and three daughters. Olive predeceased him, dying at the age of 87 on 26 March 2012. He died two years later and was survived by their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Their daughter Helen qualified in medicine and became a general practitioner in Liverpool.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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