Lives of the fellows

Brian Ernest Tomlinson

b.3 November 1928 d.13 May 2014
MB ChB New Zealand(1954) DCH(1962) MRCP(1962) MRACP(1964) FRACP(1972) FRCP Edin(1982) FRCP(1992)

Brian Tomlinson was a paediatrician at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand. He was born in Gisborne, the son of Cyril William Tomlinson, a civil engineer and a veteran of the First World War who had emigrated from England, and Muriel Edith Tomlinson, a fourth generation New Zealander. He was educated at Nelson College, where he played in the school cricket and rugby teams. He also won a prize for the best all-round student. He went on to study medicine at Otago University and qualified MB ChB in 1954.

He was a house surgeon in New Plymouth for two years and a medical registrar at Waikato Hospital. He then worked in general practice, before going to the UK for further studies. He specialised in paediatrics, and gained his diploma in child health in 1962. He was a registrar at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury.

In 1963 he returned to New Zealand and he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician at Waikato Hospital. He eventually became head of the paediatric department and later director of medical education at the hospital. He also had a busy private practice. He regularly travelled overseas to gather new ideas and to identify possible speakers for conferences. He was elected a treasurer of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand.

Following his retirement, he undertook locum positions in New Zealand and the UK.

Outside medicine, he was a keen sportsman. He had represented Otago University at shooting and tennis, and continued to play tennis in his retirement. He enjoyed skiing and fishing, gardening, travelling and playing bridge.

In 1981 he married Joanne. He was survived by his widow, their three sons, Paul, a paediatrician, Matthew, an orthopaedic surgeon, and Nicholas, a corporate lawyer, two stepchildren and ten grandchildren.

RCP editor

[NZ Med J. 2014 Dec 19;127(1407):94-5 – accessed 8 February 2016]

(Volume XII, page web)

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