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Biographical entry Howarth Anthony Edward (1916 - 2012)

MRCS LRCP 1941; BA MB BChir Cambridge 1942; FRCS 1949.

18 November 1916
27 April 2012
Wisborough Green, West Sussex
ENT surgeon


Anthony Edward Howarth ('Tony') was a consultant ENT surgeon at St Nicholas' Hospital, Plumstead, the Erith Hospital, Brook General Hospital, Bromley Hospital, Beckenham Hospital and Sydenham Children's Hospital, which he always regarded as his base. He was also an audiologist to the London County Council and worked for the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.

Tony Howarth was born in London on 18 November 1916, the first child of the renowned St Thomas' ENT surgeon Walter ('Wally') Goldie Howarth and his wife, Esther Mary Howarth née Ricardo. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, King's College, Cambridge, and St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, London. His interest in ENT surgery came from his father, and his postgraduate appointments were as a house officer and registrar at St Thomas'. During the Second World War he served in the RAF in Burma and Bengal. He was later appointed as an ENT senior registrar at the Middlesex Hospital.

Tony Howarth married Rosemary (née Clay), an art historian and daughter of Sir Charles Clay, librarian to the House of Lords, in June 1950 in London. They had three children - Mark (who became a general practitioner), Simon (a water engineer) and Catherine (a molecular geneticist), and five grandchildren.

Living 30 years after retirement, Tony Howarth immersed himself in his large extended family and transferred his surgical skills to craftsmanship, becoming an expert cabinet maker as well as a DIY enthusiast. He was very interested in the arts and architecture, and loved the galleries and museums of London. He was remarkably fit well into his nineties, having fought off carcinoma of the gall bladder against all odds and then of the colon.

Sadly, his beloved Rosemary developed Alzheimer's and he became her devoted carer. A year before his death he realised that he could no longer cope alone in London and moved down to his parents' old house in Sussex, now occupied by one of his sons; a house that he had done much to restore. It was very much a coming home and he died there on 27 April 2012, surrounded by his family. He was 95.

Mark Howarth
Neil Weir

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2013 346 2996].

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