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Doctor who taught thousands of GPs.

Byline: Jessica Shepherd

A doctor who taught thousands of GPs across the West Midlands has died, aged 79.

Lionel Tyler, from Coventry, persevered with his studies at Birmingham University Medical School despite a bout of crippling tuberculosis which forced him to spend two years in a sanatorium.

The former Bablake School pupil graduated in 1949 and because of his ill-health was advised against pursuing his ambition to be an obstetrician or gynaecologist.

Instead he became a GP who was admired by colleagues and patients for his care, compassion and knowledge.

His daughter Dr Susan Collier, who practises as a GP in Oldbury, Sandwell, said: 'My father knew what it was like to have your life in the balance and to nearly die because of the tuberculosis he caught at such an early age.

'This meant he had infinite patience with his patients. He was a fantastic listener and never forgot what a privilege it was to practise medicine. Being a doctor was his hobby as well as his profession. He just loved it.'

In the early 1960s Dr Tyler helped pioneer a vocational training scheme for GPs in the West Midlands, where he taught for ten years.

He also campaigned for hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding for the postgraduate centre at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton as the GP representative on the city's health authority.

Dr Tyler spent his spare time researching chronic bronchitis, for which he was awarded a medical doctorate, helping St John Ambulance first-aiders and travelling.

In 1980, after 30 years as a GP, he was given the post of chief medical officer to Birmingham-based international technology and engineering giant GKN.

He died on January 21 from kidney failure.

He is survived by his wife Mavis Tyler, his children John Tyler, Susan Collier and Anne Tyler, his daughter-in-law Rosemary Tyler and son-in-law David Collier.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 2, 2005
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