Reginald Bowman 1922 -2007

Reginald Bowman, who died on 13 December 2007, was a gentleman in every aspect of the word.
He was born on 4 October 1922 at 469 Oxford Street, Sydney, into a medical family in which his grandfather, father, and mother were graduates of the University of Sydney. His father, Reginald McDougall Bowman, who graduated in 1911, was an Honorary Consulting Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at The Women’s Hospital, Crown Street, in Sydney.

The son, Reginald, was educated at Edgecliff Preparatory School, Sydney Grammar School, and The King’s School, where in 1940 he was School Captain. He played in the First XI, and in the First XV as inside centre.

He attended University of Sydney in 1941 prior to his call up for the RAAF, which he entered in 1942. He trained as a pilot and saw operations in a Liberator heavy-bomber squadron with Lionel Van Praag, the racing motor-cycle champion, as his Captain.

He returned to the University of Sydney to complete his medical studies, graduating in 1951. He was a resident at St George Hospital, Kogarah, prior to residency at The Women’s Hospital, Crown Street. Whilst at Crown Street his interest in infertility was stimulated by Dr Alan Grant, who had recently introduced abdominal endoscopy with the culdoscope.

On completion of the Crown Street training program he went to London where he sat for and obtained the MRCOG. On returning to Sydney he set up practice in Macquarie Street and was appointed to the Honorary Medical Staff at Crown Street and Auburn Hospitals.

He was a keen follower of cricket and Rugby Union and was a successful golfer at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

He is survived by his daughter Janet, his wife Betty having passed away a short time after his death.

Struan Robertson MBBS (1952), FRCOG FRANZCOG