Lives of the fellows

Charles Lovedale

b.17 June 1951 d.11 September 2015
BMedSci Newcastle(1972) MB BS(1975) MRCP(1978) DRCOG(1979) MRCGP(1982) FRCP(2002)

Charles Lovedale was a senior partner in a general practice in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne. He was born in Newcastle and worked in the north east for the whole of his professional life. His father, Dudley Lovedale, was a chiropodist; his mother, Hilary Patricia Lovedale, was a housewife. He was educated at Heaton Grammar School and then went on to study medicine at Newcastle University.

After qualifying, he undertook house jobs at Darlington Memorial Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), Newcastle. He was appointed as a senior house officer at the RVI and, after success in gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians, he decided on a career in general practice, joining the Newcastle vocational training scheme.

His first appointment as a GP was in Corbridge in the Tyne Valley, but after a year he returned to his beloved Newcastle, joining the Heaton Medical Centre, where he became a partner then senior partner. He also maintained a clinical practice in secondary care, working as a clinical assistant in Newcastle’s diabetic and renal clinics. He was a much respected physician and gained his fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 2002, in recognition of his exceptional contributions, an honour of which he was justifiably proud.

Although a man who enjoyed his privacy, outside of medicine Charles was a bon viveur, enjoying food, wine and social contact. He was instrumental in organising the Newcastle medical graduate reunions for his year group. He loved bird watching and travel, combining both effectively in the company of his wife Irayna. He enjoyed walking in the Lake District and was a long-standing supporter of Newcastle United Football Club. His most satisfying moments always related to family life. He had four wonderful sons and brought them up in a warm, homely environment.

Charles retired from practice in 2013, and spent an energetic two years in retirement hill walking, bird watching, wine tasting and learning Spanish. He is sadly missed by his family and friends.

Paul A Corris

(Volume XII, page web)

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