The College honoured every other commoner commemorated in Munk’s Roll by conferring its Fellowship; Sir Winston Churchill honoured the College by accepting it.
He addressed the Fellows on two occasions. At a luncheon on March 2nd, 1944, he was able to assure them that the patient he had been looking after for many years was no longer in mortal danger. On July 10th, 1951, when he presented his friend, Lord Moran, with his portrait by Pietro Annigoni, he offered his services in an emergency as he was now an Honorary Fellow of both Royal Colleges.
That he had already had a very great direct influence on the whole future of British medicine we know from Lord Moran, who wrote:
‘Aneurin Bevan disliked Winston and Winston disliked him, but he always urged me not to let this colour my relations with Aneurin Bevan; it was my duty, he said, to work in with him as Minister of Health’.
Richard R Trail
[Biogr.Mem.Roy.Soc., 1966, 12, 35-105 (p), bibl.; Brit.med.J., 1965, 1, 263-4; Nature (Lond.), 1965, 205, 425; Times, 25 Jan. 1965 (p).]