Michael WheelerBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7400.1217-f (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1217
- Michael Wheeler
Former general practitioner Cardiff (b Llanelli, Dyfed, 1942; q Welsh National School of Medicine 1966; MD, FRCGP, DObst RCOG), d 13 July 2002.
After teaching hospital house jobs, he was a trainee in a busy four partner practice in Fairwater, a suburb of Cardiff, where he remained, ultimately as a senior partner. He was also a member of an NHS advisory committee.
As a student he was in the cast of the annual satyrical show in aid of medical charities.
He played rugby for the medical school, the University of Wales, the provincial hospitals, and the Universities Athletic Union against Canada. He was a travelling supporter of the Welsh rugby team and later a member of the Wooden Spoon Society, a charity in aid of sick children, associated with the rugby fraternity.
After qualifying he played golf and had a hole in one at Royal Porthcawl, and he visited the Masters at Augusta. He was captain and then president of the Radyr (Cardiff) club and was responsible for the research for its centenary history in 2002.
A special interest in children’s ear infections led to a two year research grant from the Welsh Office resulting—in 1984—in a thesis titled "A study of the pathogenesis of treated acute otitis media using an electro-accoustic impedance bridge." This earned him his MD.
He was well read, had an impish sense of humour, and enjoyed music from Basie to Beethoven and good food. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of claret and vintage port.
He relaxed in recent years by fly fishing on the Wye at Monmouth accompanied by Bess, his golden retriever, and by skiing in the Alps.
His wife, Diana (Guy’s 1967), predeceased him. He leaves three sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren. [K M Wheeler]
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