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Biographical entry Bond, William Henry (1918 - 1985)

MRCS 1942; FRCS 1944; MB ChB Birmingham 1942; DMRT 1949; FRCR 1975; LRCP 1942.

29 December 1918
16 September 1985
Orthopaedic surgeon and Radiotherapist


William Henry Bond was born on 29 December 1918. He was educated at Derby School and while a pupil there, he was a chorister at Derby Cathedral. He graduated MB ChB with first class honours in 1942 (University of Birmingham), having won a number of prizes and distinctions as an undergraduate. He became FRCS in 1944 and worked for two years as a part-time registrar in radiotherapy with John Bromley, the senior radiotherapist in Birmingham. In 1946, he joined the RAF medical service, based first at Ely and later in Karachi, where he was orthopaedic surgeon, with the rank of Squadron Leader, at No 10 RAF Hospital. After leaving the RAF in 1948, he continued his training in radiotherapy and became DMRT in 1949. He had been appointed assistant radiotherapist to the United Birmingham Hospitals in 1948 and became director when Bromley retired.

He inherited a large department with growing demands on limited resources. He took a keen interest in the cancer registry and did much to establish the accuracy of the recorded information and he developed a special interest in breast cancer and radiation pulmonary fibrosis.

His leisure interests were electronics, photography and sports cars. He was an enthusiastic radio "ham" and he made most of the equipment himself. He married Glenys, a medical student in his year, in 1943 and they had four daughters, one of whom is a radiotherapist. He retired early because of a myocardial infarct and he and his wife spent most of his last years at their house in Dolgellau, Merionethshire. He died on 16 September 1985, in his 67th year, in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, survived by his wife and daughters.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1985, 291, 1132].

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