Ruth Annette Janie Willatt (née Evershed)BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2512 (Published 23 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2512
- Philip Willatt
Ruth Annette Janie Willatt (née Evershed) was born in South Bersted, West Sussex, on 14 June 1915 and died 27 March 2009, aged 93.
She was a highly gifted schoolgirl and won multiple prizes at the Vyne School in Hampshire before matriculating from Queen’s College, London, to read medicine at Edinburgh University, where she won the anatomy medal and rowed for the ladies eight. She graduated in 1939 and married Duncan Willatt (obituary BMJ 2009;338:b2509), a former fellow Edinburgh medical student, on 18 February 1941 at Thakeham, Sussex.
During the second world war, while Duncan was taking part in the Burma campaign, Ruth undertook residencies at the Bath and Wessex Orthopaedic Hospital and at the Eastern General Hospital, Leith. She then worked in general practice in Congleton in Cheshire, Horley in Surrey, Slough in Berkshire, and, finally, Chichester in Sussex, where she and Duncan were reunited on his return from the war …