William Osler spent the last 15 years of his life at Oxford, from his arrival in May 1905 until his death at 4:30 on the afternoon of Dec 29, 1919. His funeral was in the Chapel and Cathedral at Christ Church on the afternoon of Jan 1, 1920.
The Regius Chair of Medicine to which Osler was invited is an ancient and honorific office. It was one of the chairs founded by King Henry VIII in 1546. It ranks as the second or third senior chair in the University, the senior chair being the Regius Chair of Divinity, the next two being those of Civil Law and Medicine. Osler's immediate predecessor was Sir John Burdon Sanderson, who had been the first Professor of Physiology in the University. Sanderson had been preceded by Sir Henry Acland, who had been instrumental in the resurrection of science in Oxford in the mid nineteenth