Souster, Dr Howard

Medical missionary in Nigeria, born on 9 November 1919 at Forest Gate, London. His father was a local preacher and his mother a Sunday School teacher. He and his brother Jack both trained as doctors and offered for service with the MMS. From 1942 to 1952 Howard worked at Ituk Mbang hospital in Eastern Nigeria, performing many operations, practising dentistry and tropical medicine, teaching primary health care and training nurses. He was also a local preacher. During an interval of thirteen years back in England in the interests of their children's education, he was in practice as a much loved GP in Ipswich. In 1965 he returned to Africa to serve in the Segbwema hospital in Sierra Leone before succeeding Frank Davey in 1968 as medical secretary at the Mission House in London. In 1972 he was elected Vice-President of the Conference. His closing years were spent at Norwood MHA, Ipswich, where he died on 1 July 2004.

  • Conference Handbook, 1972
  • Methodist Recorder, 29 June 1972, 30 September 2004