Lives of the fellows

Louis Glick

b.10 January 1907 d.4 June 1989
MB ChB Leeds(1931) MRCP(1936) MD(1937) FRCP(1963)

Louis Glick was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, the sixth son of Isaac Glick, a small businessman, and as a student had to help in the family business when his father died prematurely. He was educated at Leeds Central High School from where he obtained a scholarship to the medical school of Leeds University. He became a leading member of the rugby team and also boxed.

On graduation he held house physician appointments at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital. He then moved to the Brompton Hospital in 1934, first as house physician and later as assistant RMO. In 1936 he was appointed medical officer to Midhurst Sanatorium, and in 1937 he became the first full-time honorary consultant general physician to be appointed in Halifax. He was very proud of this appointment and established his reputation as an able clinician during the war years at the Royal Halifax Infirmary and Halifax General Hospital.

Louis Glick was an articulate and forthright member of many medical committees, with no patience for fools and a liking to do things his own way. His ward rounds were conducted in the grand manner, but he was highly regarded as a lecturer by his fellow consultants, juniors, general practitioners and nurses, especially in the field of cardiology.

He was chairman of the consultants medical advisory committee, as well as being a member of the Halifax Hospital management committee and various sub-committees. He was president of the Leeds and West Riding Medico-Chirurgical Society, of the Halifax BMA, and of the local Multiple Sclerosis Society.

After his official retirement in 1972, he was recalled for part-time duties at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital, and he continued in private practice until he was 80 years old.

Louis Glick’s interest in sport never waned and he became captain of his golf club and president of the Queen’s Sports Club.

In 1947 he married Phyllis Esty Barnett, who was a fine tennis player and his constant companion. They had two children of whom he was very proud. His son is a Queen’s Counsel, and his daughter was administrative director of the Ballet Rambert. She gave birth to his first grandchild on the day before he died.

E N Glick

[Brit.med.J., 1990,300,256]

(Volume IX, page 199)

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