Lives of the fellows

Malcolm Hames Watson

b.27 July 1923 d.29 May 2012
OBE(1972) MB ChB NZ(1947) MRCP(1953) MRACP(1955) FRACP(1970) FRCP(1974)

Malcolm Hames Watson was a visiting physician at Hutt Hospital, New Zealand. He was born in Devonport, New Zealand, the son of Ronald Sinclair Watson, a Presbyterian minister, and Clarice Evangeline Watson née Hames, the daughter of a farmer. He was educated at Ashburton High School and then went on to study medicine at Otago University, qualifying in 1947.

He held house posts in Wellington from 1947 to 1948 and was subsequently a medical registrar there. He then went to the UK, where he was a house physician at Hammersmith Hospital from 1951 to 1952, and a registrar in infectious diseases at Park Hospital, London, from 1952 to 1953. He gained his MRCP in 1953.

In 1954 he returned to New Zealand, where he was a senior registrar and then a visiting physician at Hutt Hospital. From 1970 he was also deputy chief medical officer for the AMP Society, a financial services company. He wrote papers on diabetes.

From 1954 he served in the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve. In 1969, he served in South Vietnam and from 1973 held the rank of surgeon captain. From 1970, he was honorary physician to the governor general of New Zealand. He was awarded the Volunteer Reserve Decoration (in 1970) and an OBE (military) in 1973.

He gained his fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1970 and was an active member of the New Zealand committee. In 1974, he was elected as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Outside medicine he enjoyed photography and gardening.

In 1948 he married Dorothy Ngaire Reid. They had a son and two daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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