Reginald Seymour Lawrie

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6069
  1. Richard Spicer

Reginald Seymour Lawrie (“Rex”), who died aged 93, was one of the most outstanding surgeons of his generation. He eschewed honours and titles, but if the measure of surgical excellence is the esteem of peers and colleagues it is difficult to think of anyone who was in his league.

Rex Lawrie was born in Helensburgh, Scotland. His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers. He was educated at Wellington College and obtained his medical degree (with many honours and prizes) from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1939 and, after early surgical training, the FRCS in 1942. He was one of a very small, select group of surgeons who, in addition to the FRCS and MS, also obtained the postgraduate qualifications of MRCP and MD.

During the second world war he served in North Africa and Italy with the Royal Army Medical Corps, working with a small but pioneering maxillofacial unit treating serious, …

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