Lives of the fellows

Guy Abercrombie Elliott

b.5 November 1905 d.23 September 1975
OBE(1945) MB ChB Cape Town(1929) MRCP(1932) MD(1941) FRCP(1943)

Guy Abercrombie Elliott was born in Wynberg, Cape Province, South Africa. His father was Henry Home Elliott, a civil engineer, and his mother was Clare, daughter of Mark William Rooksby Rushton, an Army officer stationed in South Africa. He was educated in South Africa, graduating MB ChB in 1929 at the University of Cape Town where he gained the Gold Medal for medicine, being the most distinguished graduate of his year. After house appointments at the New Somerset Hospital, Cape Town, from 1930 to 1935, he undertook postgraduate study in England and USA. Returning to South Africa, he held appointments as senior physician at the Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, and as chief physician to the Johannesburg General Hospital. In 1946 he was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand.

Guy Elliott served throughout the second world war as a full time volunteer in the South African Medical Corps. He rose to be Lipitenant-Colonel in charge of medical divisions in South Africa, the Middle East and Italy. He was awarded the OBE for his services in 1945.

Elliott wrote several papers, but his most valuable publication was his book Medical Ethics, 1954. He had the honour to be the first President of the College of Physicians, Surgeons and Gynaecologists of South Africa from 1956-1960. He was unmarried.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
V Luniewska

(Volume VI, page 161)

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