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Dr Cyril Albert Fox: 1930-2016 (1950, Medicine & Medical Sciences)

Dr Cyril A. Fox M.D. was born November 26th 1930. He was quite an unusual General Practitioner. He read Medicine at Trinity Hall from 1950-1953 and retained a lifelong affection for the College, remembering with great fondness among others his turor, Owen Chadwick, and the Master of the day, Henry Roy Dean. He completed his studies at Guys Hospital, and subsequently ran a very large NHS practice singlehandedly in S.E. London for many years. However, he still found the energy to present an M.D. to Cambridge University. The thesis covered some controversial topics in Human Reproductive Physiology and he was able to bring enlightenment to this field by his experimentation with radiotelemetry. His work was published in the relevant journals and widely quoted.

Having completed this study, he collaborated with a group pioneering cancer chemotherapy, which in those days was in its infancy. On retirement from the NHS after 40 years of service, he began to write some books. One dealt with the history and background of 19th century medical researchers into mosquito-borne diseases. The book was entitled "Mosquito Net". A second book reflected his interest in genealogy and made available to family historians the books of communities of Eastern Europe destroyed during World War II. He embarked on two further books, but his last illness intervened and the works were left unfinished. His hobbies were fly-fishing and and listening to classical music. He left us on May 16th 2016.

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