Lives of the fellows

Leonard Drayton Osler

b.19 May 1908 d.December 1981
BA Cantab(1929) MB(1939) MRCP(1949) MD(1951) FRCP(1970)

Leonard Drayton Osler was a neurologist in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was born in Exmouth, Devon. His father, Ernest Edward Osler, was the director of a limited company; his mother, Linda Phoebe Osler née Drayton, was the daughter of a builder. Sir William Osler [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IV, p.295], the influential Canadian physician, was his grandfather’s first cousin. Osler attended Hele’s School in Exeter and went on to Downing College, Cambridge University. He gained his BA degree in 1929.

From 1929 to 1935 he was a science master at Michaelhouse, a boys’ boarding school in Natal, South Africa. He then returned to the UK, to St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School. He qualified in 1939. He was a house physician at St Thomas’ and then joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a surgeon lieutenant commander and served from 1940 to 45. He was awarded the Atlantic and Pacific Stars and the War, National Defence and Victory medals.

Following his demobilisation, he was a house physician at Miller General Hospital in London and then at Great Ormond Street Hospital. From 1947 to 1949 he was a registrar and resident medical officer at the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases. He then became a registrar in neurology and psychiatry at St Thomas’. From 1952 to 1956 he was a senior registrar at the National Hospital, Queen Square.

In 1956 he went to Boston in the United States. He was an instructor in neurology at Boston University, then an assistant professor and an associate professor from 1961. From 1965 he was assistant dean. He was also an assistant physician in the Harvard unit, Boston City Hospital, a visiting neurologist at Brockton Veterans’ Administration Hospital and Long Island Hospital, a consultant for the Boston City Hospital Neurology Service and at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

He was editor of the Boston Medical Quarterly, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, and the Osler Club of London.

He was interested in tennis, squash, golf, art, travel, wine and food. He was unmarried. Leonard Drayton Osler died in St Germans, Cornwall, at the age of 73.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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