BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:850

Wilbur Clouston Lowry took an arts degree, for which he was taught by Stephen Leacock, before studying medicine. He learnt physics from Rutherford before he split the atom and medicine from Osler before he became a professor at Oxford; he worked as a plate layer on the Canadian Pacific Railway to raise funds. He served in the trenches in 1914 but was sent back to university to qualify and then served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. He did pioneering work in the rehabilitation of the wounded, for which the Canadian government awarded him a prize--which he received only on his return to Canada more than 70 years later.

At the end of the war he went to Edinburgh for obstetric postgraduate courses, where he met and married Winifred. He then went round the world with the Blue Funnel Line to earn money before he bought the practice in Cambois, a large isolated mining village then cut off at high tide. In time he worked at Blyth Hospital, among other things as an anaesthetist. He was secretary of Blyth division of the BMA for over 20 years and served for 30 years on the local medical committee and the executive council and its predecessors.

In 1982, on the death of Winifred, he returned to Canada, where he lived with his elder daughter, Joan. He is survived by Joan; his other daughter, Beatrice, who is a doctor; five grandchildren, of whom one (Gillian) is also a doctor; and two great grandchildren.

--John S Noble

Wilbur Clouston Lowry, who was a general practitioner in Cambois, Blyth, Northumberland, 1920-60, died 24 November aged 102. Born Quebec Province, Canada, 18 October 1891; studied at McGill University (BA 1913; MD 1916). Served as captain in Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during first world war …

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