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Biographical entry Evans, Frankis Tilney (1900 - 1974)

MRCS 1921; FRCS 1960; MB BS London 1922; DA 1935; FFARCS 1949; LRCP 1921.

9 March 1900
26 August 1974


Frankis Tilney Evans was born on 9 March 1900. He trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital but in the first world war was seconded to the RNVR during his clinical course, serving in destroyers on convoy duty and in minesweepers. Thus began a lifelong love of the sea and ships. Returning to Bart's he graduated MB BS in 1922 and at the early age of 24 was appointed anaesthetist in which capacity he remained until he was 65. In 1932 he was appointed to St Mark's Hospital and in 1944 to the Royal Masonic Hospital but he also spent periods at the Brompton, King George and Gerrards Cross Hospitals. President of the Section of Anaesthetics of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1945, he later examined in England for the FFARCS Diploma and in England and Ireland for the Diploma in Anaesthetics. An industrious writer, he regularly contributed to the contemporary journals and acted as editor and contributor to Modern practice in anaesthesia 1949 and 1954, Modern trends in anaesthesia in 1958 and General anaesthesia in 1959. He was admired for his teaching of techniques in spinal and epidural anaesthesia and the needle cannula that he invented was almost universally adopted.

During the years 1955-1958 he was Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists and a member of Council of the College. An ardent Freemason he rose to grand rank in three categories and enjoyed honorary membership of four lodges and membership of six others. He was a member of the Savage Club, and, through his love of sailing, the Royal Thames Yacht Club and the Royal Cruising Club. Long membership of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers was rewarded by his becoming master in the year of his retirement. He was a generous and gregarious host. He had married Viola Quennell in 1931 and they had a son and a daughter who became a paediatrician. His wife died in 1960 and he died on 26 August 1974 aged 74 years.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1974, 3, 692].

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