Frank Edward Nichol, 1949-2014

BSR was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Frank Edward Nichol, Consultant Rheumatologist University Hospitals of Leicester, who died from multiple myeloma on 30th December 2014.

Colleague and friend, Dr Waji Hassan has written the following tribute:

Frank Nichol grew up in Manchester and studied at Liverpool University, obtaining a first class honours degree in Anatomy before qualifying in Medicine in 1973. He specialised in general medicine and completed his MD in Rheumatology. Dr Nichol moved to Leicester as it was one of the few centres at that time with senior registrar posts combining rheumatology and general medicine.  In 1981 Frank was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist at The Leicester Royal Infirmary and remained in post until he retired in 2006. As well as clinical work in Leicestershire he was visiting Rheumatologist to Gibraltar. During his career he was Head of Service for Rheumatology, Clinical Director of Musculoskeletal Services and Clinical Director of Medicine and A & E. He was also Regional Adviser for the Royal College of Physicians and established the permanent Leicester RCP office. 

Frank was a large man in every way. He was very intelligent, astute, extremely well organised and reliable. To his patients he was down to earth, knowledgeable, incisive. To his colleagues he was a respected leader and friend engendering great loyalty which is very long remembered. Frank’s sense of humour was evident in everything he did and was very quick, wide-ranging and often poignant.  

After retirement Frank travelled widely and was able to dedicate more of his time to the charitable activities of Freemasonry, becoming Grand Almoner and was then appointed to the Grand Rank in 2014, but was sadly too ill to attend the ceremony. He was a lifelong supporter of the Manchester City Football Club. Following the diagnosis of myeloma in 2013 Frank bore his illness with courage.  He leaves Sara his wife, a daughter, Claire, from his first marriage and two grandchildren.

Dr Waji Hassan