Michael SymonsBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a579 (Published 02 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a579
- Peter Leedham
Michael Symons was the eldest son of a former medical officer of health for Shrewsbury and great nephew of A E Housman. After qualifying, Michael married and then trained in pathology at Canynge Hall, Bristol University, before serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Germany. He was appointed consultant at the Royal Salop Infirmary (RSI) in 1949. Initially a general pathologist, he became a histopathologist and established cytology services in Shropshire. He started and ran the clinical meetings at the RSI for many years and supported the local branch of the Association of Clinical Pathologists. He helped transfer pathology services to the new Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in 1971, where it became one of the largest in the west Midlands. He retired in 1985.
Michael was a gentleman and loyal colleague and an accomplished pianist, and he enjoyed exotic cars. Predeceased by his wife, Mary, he leaves a son, two daughters, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a579
Former consultant histopathologist Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (b 1920; q Cambridge/Bristol 1944; MA, FRCP, FRCPath), d 3 April 2008.