Brian Joseph Foster

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 06 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1023
  1. Christine Foster,
  2. Vanessa Foster,
  3. Timothy Foster

In 1950 Brian Joseph Foster started his national service and served as a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley Abbey and then worked as area psychiatrist in Catterick District (northern command). In the same year he married Elizabeth Charlton of Newcastle, and later they had three children. In 1952, after two years of national service, Brian joined Michael Turner as a general practitioner at Blackthorns Practice in Netley. His career in the practice spanned almost 40 years. He was also a hospital practitioner in psychiatry at Moorgreen Hospital in West End in 1964-90 and a medical officer for BP, Shell, and Texaco.

As a local doctor, he was involved in countless local charities and committees, a founder member of the Southampton Marriage Council (now Relate), a founder member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, secretary to Southampton Flower Club Homes, and a former president of the Rotary Club (1970-71), to name a few. Brian was a lecturer in tanker safety at the School of Navigation at Warsash Maritime Academy, and from 1983 to 1985 he was a trainer in general practice at Southampton Medical School. In 1989 he wrote a paper on children from broken homes, which was published in the Physician. He was a life member of the BMA, a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a member of the Medico-Legal Society of London.

Brian was a popular and colourful local doctor, who often turned up to surgery on horseback. He had a great love for English and Welsh rugby and played into his late 30s for Letchworth GS, the London Hospital, the RAMC, and Folland Aircraft, but gave up when it took a week, rather than a weekend, to recover from injury. He also enjoyed travelling, especially as both his daughters lived abroad. He had a love of gardening and was very interested in books and antiques.

Brian retired from general practice in 1991, but life didn’t stop there: he became a medical consultant to Pall Europe and an examiner for Medicals Direct Screening.

From 2004 to 2009, Brian was chairman of the Mid Hampshire Campaign to Protect Rural England.(CPRE). He finally retired at the age of 81 and continued to enjoy travelling abroad and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

He died in his home in Winchester. Predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth, in 2013, he leaves three children, seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

General practitioner, psychiatrist in the NHS, and medical officer for a pharmaceutical firm (b 1925; q Queen Mary College, London University, London Hospital, 1949; MRCS, DPM, MRCGP), died from metastatic carcinoma of the prostate on 1 October 2017

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