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Biographical entry Williams, Hugh Morgan (1908 - 1980)

MRCS 1932; FRCS 1934; MB BS London 1933; LRCP 1932.

10 September 1908
16 December 1980
General practitioner and General surgeon


Hugh Morgan Williams was born in Shrewsbury on 10 September 1908, the son of Roger Morgan Williams, a bank manager. He was taken as a young boy to South Africa where his first schooling was at Potchefstroum College in the Transvaal. Returning to England he entered Bedford School and went to St Bartholomew's Hospital to study medicine. He qualified in 1932, obtained the London MB BS in 1933 and his FRCS within the next year. After house appointments at Bart's and Hampstead General he was surgical registrar at the Cornelia and East Dorset Hospital in Poole. For a time he entered general practice in Parkstone and by 1946 had been appointed honorary consultant surgeon to the Cornelia and East Dorset Hospital.

Hugh Williams spent his whole professional life in Poole, first as honorary consultant and then in the NHS, always taking a lion's share in committee work. He was chairman of the staff committee for 15 years at Poole Hospital, served on the management committee and also on the Wessex Regional Board. He crowned these achievements by spearheading the complete rebuilding of Poole Hospital.

Precise and careful about detail, he was none the less full of humour and succeeded in getting people to work together. His main interest beside surgery was in his strong Christian faith. He served on the General Synod of the Church of England and was a President of Salisbury Diocesan Synod. He was also a lay reader.

He died on 16 December 1980, survived by his devoted wife Sue, a son and three daughters by his first wife, Jean.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1981, 282, 578].

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