Wilhelmina Lockwood

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 03 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4480
  1. Diana Lockwood

Wilhelmina Lockwood was born in Indonesia, where her father was a water engineer. At the age of 18 she was interred in a Japanese concentration camp (1942-45) and nearly died. She studied medicine at Leiden University, Holland. Her twin sister became an anaesthetist. Wilhelmina met her future husband, David, in Heidelberg in 1950 and moved to Birmingham in 1954 after marriage. Her medical degree was not recognised in the UK, and she qualified by doing her conjoint exams in medicine (LRCP) and surgery (MRCS). She was a rural general practitioner—first in Upton on Severn, then in Kingsland, Hereford—and retired in 1990. She was also a vicar’s wife in Great Witley (1960-64) and Hanley Castle and Swan (1968-82). She had a direct manner, was well organised, and was popular with trainees. She rose above adversity, engaging with people and bringing out the best in them.

She and David retired to Llowes, on the Welsh borders, and were active in the Kilvert Society and Hay literature festival. She was proud of her eldest daughter, who is a professor of tropical medicine.

She was widowed in 2005 and predeceased by two daughters, Henny (1972) and Laura (2009).

General practitioner (b 1924; q Leiden 1954; MRCS, DObst RCOG), died from bronchopneumonia on 19 April 2017

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