Nottingham Hospitals Archives 2011
NOTTINGHAM’S EMINENT SURGEONS AND PHYSICIANS
REGINALD JOSEPH TWORT
Born: 21st March, 1911. Died: 16th June, 1971.
President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society
1970 - 1971
Reginald Joseph Twort:- 6, The Ropewalk, Nottingham. M.A., Cambridge, 1938, B.A., (1st Class, National Science Trope Part 1) Cambridge, 1932. M.D. (Commended, Aberdeen, 1944, M.B., Ch.B. Distinction) 1936; F.R.C.P., London, 1963; M., 1940; F.R.C.P. Edinburgh, 1957. M. 1940; (Cambridge and Aberdeen). Gold Medal in Pathological Maternity Medicine and Clinical Medicine. Smith Prize for Disabled Children and Alex Anderson Travelling School of Medicine, University of Aberdeen. Medical Physics Department, Nottingham General and City Hospitals. Examiner to the General Nursing Council. Member of the Thoracic Society, Member of the British Cardiac Society. Late:- Medical Registrar, Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen; Resident Medical Officer, West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases. Wing Commander, O.C., Medical Division, R.A.F.V.R.
Medical Directory 1970
Reginald Joseph Twort: B.A. Canterbury (1932), M.B., Ch.B., Aberdeen (1936) M.A., Canterbury (1938) M.R.C.P. (1940) M.R.C.P. (Edinburgh), (1940) M.D., Aberdeen (1944) F.R.C.P. (Edinburgh) (1957) F.R.C.P. (1963).
“Reggie” Twort was born at Bagshot in Surrey, the son and grandson of general practitioners. He was educated at Fettes College and Peterhouse, Cambridge, from whence he went to Aberdeen where he graduated in medicine with distinction in 1936. His intellectual quality had previously shown itself when he was at Cambridge, for he achieved a First in the Natural Sciences Tripos and was elected for a life scholar at Peterhouse.
After house officer appointments at the Royal Infirmary at Aberdeen and at Addenbrooke’s and the Brompton, he served as a resident medical officer at the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases and as medical registrar at the Royal Infirmary at Aberdeen. By this time the 1939-45 war had erupted and he served as a medical specialist in the Royal Air Force for five years, achieving the rank of Wing-Commander and Officer in Charge of Medical Division. On demobilisation he was appointed physician to the Nottingham City and General Hospitals and also to Mansfield General Hospital.
Dr. Twort developed a special interest in cardiology but was an excellent general physician and had great energy, administrative ability, wit and charm. He had a very large consulting practice and all who knew him had great respect and affection for him. When Nottingham was chosen for a new medical school he took a prominent part in the planning of the hospital aspect and served on the Council of the University. He died at his home in the Ropewalk at Nottingham; he was only 60. He had married Francis Alice Smith, the daughter of Henry Smith, a political agent, and there were two sons of the marriage, one of whom continued the family tradition of medicine.
Dr. P. J. Toghill wrote:- “Reggie Twort was a fine physician, with enormous energy which he applied not only to his clinical work, but to many other aspects of his very full life. He was particularly interested in cardiac and thoracic disease and was in charge of the Cardiac Clinic at the General Hospital, Nottingham. His professional ability and integrity were widely recognised by his colleagues, and at the time of his death he had just completed his term as president of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society, an honour of which he was justifiably proud. Throughout his career he maintained a particular affection for his old medical school and became president of the Aberdeen Graduates Society. With the formation of the Nottingham Medical School he was called upon to utilise his considerable administrative experience and skill as chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee when the new academic units were being integrated into the service departments of the Nottingham hospitals, and the new University Hospital Management Committee was being established.
“His untimely death, after a short illness, coming at the height of his career, came as a shock to his many friends and colleagues. He had a particularly keen understanding with his junior hospital staff, who served him with great loyalty, and he in turn, followed their subsequent careers with interest and encouragement. In his busy life he found time to travel far and wide in search of salmon and trout and he also greatly enjoyed his shooting. His large circle of friends will remember with affection the delightful evenings of entertainment at his home where so many were made welcome.”
The Lancet, July 17th, 1971.
Page 171, 172.