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Biographical entry Glover, Eric Charles (1917 - 1998)

VRD 1957; MRCS 1941; FRCS 1950; MA Cambridge 1942; MB BCh 1946; DOMS 1949; LRCP 1941.

5 October 1917
26 February 1998


'Buster' Glover was a consultant ophthalmologist in Windsor. He was born in Hampstead, London, on 5 October 1917, the son of James Alison Glover (CBE, MD, FRCP), the senior medical officer to the Board of Education and the Ministry of Health, and Katherine Merriam, the daughter of a plastics manufacturer. His father won the Jenner medal and was the Milroy lecturer in physic. His grandfather, a general practitioner, served for 25 years as an elected member of the GMC. Buster was educated at Oundle and St John's, Cambridge, and did his clinical training at the Middlesex Hospital, where he qualified in 1941. After doing a house surgeon post at Mount Vernon, he joined the RNVR as Surgeon Lieutenant, spending two years at sea, mostly in the South Atlantic. After the war he remained in the Royal Navy reserve, becoming principal medical officer in HMS President with the rank of Captain, and Honorary Surgeon to the Queen in 1968.

Following demobilisation, he had further training at Moorfields and was appointed to King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor, as a consultant ophthalmologist, where after a long struggle he was able to open a dedicated eye unit in 1973. He served on the council of the Ophthalmological Society and his section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He remained fascinated by the sea and served for many years on the medical committee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

In 1943 he married Jane Lochore and had two sons, Richard and Alastair, and a daughter, Charlotte. He died on 26 February 1998.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1999 317 889, with portrait].

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