Lives of the fellows

Ronald Frank Fletcher

b.30 January 1927 d.19 June 2016
BSc Birm(1947) MB ChB(1950) MRCP(1957) MD(1959) PhD(1971) FRCP(1972)

Ronald Frank Fletcher was a consultant physician at Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham. He was born in Birmingham, the son of Roland Fletcher, a civil engineer, and Lizzie May Fletcher née Furniss, the daughter of a commercial traveller. He attended Chigwell House School and King Edward’s School, Birmingham and then studied medicine at Birmingham University Medical School. He was a member of the university’s mountaineering club and president in his last year. He took a BSc in physiology and qualified with the MB ChB in 1950, after retaking his surgical finals.

After a house physician post at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, he carried out his National Service, working as a medical officer in the RAMC in the Suez Canal Zone and Libya. In 1954, he joined the newly-opened metabolic and endocrine research unit at East Birmingham Hospital, working under John Squire [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VI, p.412]. From 1959 to 1960 he spent a year on an Eli Lilly fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, studying lipid analysis.

In 1960 he became a lecturer in medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and in 1965 he was appointed as a consultant physician at Dudley Road and St Chad’s hospitals in Birmingham. He established a successful endocrine clinic and also took on a share in the diabetes services. He was also chair of the hospital medical staff, vice chair of the West Birmingham Health Authority (from 1982 to 1994) and a non-executive director at City Hospital Trust (from 1994 to 1998).

He was a founding member of the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society and travelled to Nepal, Ecuador, Kenya and the Alps to research mountain sickness. He was also involved with the Midland Association of Mountaineers.

After his retirement from his clinical post in 1991 he became a medical representative on war pensions appeals tribunals. He also travelled widely with his wife June (née Astill), who predeceased him in 1997. He was survived by their three sons and four grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2017 356 902 – accessed 12 July 2018]

(Volume XII, page web)

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