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Biographical entry Mills, Ronald Hubert Bonfield (1923 - 1989)

MRCS 1945; LRCP 1946; MB BCh Cambridge 1946; FRCS 1955; MD 1959.

Born
31 December 1923
Merthyr Tydfil
Died
21 August 1989
Occupation
General practitioner, Orthopaedic surgeon and Trauma surgeon

Details

Robert Hubert Bonfield Mills was born at Merthyr Tydfil and educated at St John's College, Cambridge, and University College Hospital, graduating MB BCh in 1946. After national service in the Royal Navy he entered general practice in Merthyr Tydfil. Having obtained his Fellowship in 1953, he left general practice in 1954 and was appointed surgical registrar at Merthyr General Hospital. In 1956 he was appointed specialist in accident and emergency surgery at East Glamorgan General Hospital, where he later became consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon.

He was chairman of the Welsh Committee for Hospital Medical Services from 1977 to 1981 and was chairman of the Welsh Council of the BMA from 1981 to 1983, as well as serving on a number of Welsh medical committees. An approachable, kindly and helpful man, Mills devoted himself to his professional commitments, though his family occupied chief place in his life. He retired in 1984 and died on 21 August 1989, survived by his wife, Audrey, a son, and a daughter who is a consultant obstetrician.


See below for an amended version of the published obituary:

Robert Hubert Bonfield Mills was a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon at East Glamorgan Hospital, south Wales. He was born in Merthyr Tydfil on 31 December 1923. His father, Lewis Mills, was a sanitary inspector and chairman of Merthyr Tydfil football club and the Dowlais choir. His mother, Margaret Ann née Bonfield, was a teacher who was granted a retrospective degree from Cardiff University. Mills was educated at Castle Grammar School in Merthyr. He then went on to St John's College, Cambridge, and University College Hospital, graduating MB Bchir in 1946.

During his National Service he was a surgeon lieutenant in the fleet air arm of HMS Illustrious. He was subsequently a general practitioner in Merthyr Tydfil and was then appointed as a surgical registrar at Merthyr General Hospital. In 1956 he was became a specialist in accident and emergency surgery at East Glamorgan Hospital, where he later became consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon. He also had a medico-legal practice. In 1959 he gained his MD, writing on 'the problems of closed liver injuries'.

He was chairman of the Welsh Committee for Hospital Medical Services from 1977 to 1981 and was chairman of the Welsh Council of the BMA from 1981 to 1983, as well as serving on a number of Welsh medical committees.

He married Audrey Vera Mountjoy and they had two children, Angela, a gynaecologist, and Nigel, a solicitor. He was interested in travel and photography. A keen pianist, he received a gold medal at the age of 13. As a student he played rugby for London Welsh. He was an approachable, energetic, hard working and kind man, with an enormous sense of humour. Mills devoted himself to his professional commitments, though his family occupied chief place in his life. He retired in 1984 and died on 21 August 1989.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1989, 299, 1213; information from Angela Mills].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England