Lives of the fellows

Ronald Douglas Green

b.3 August 1907 d.9 October 1994
MRCS LRCP( 1932) MB BS Lond(1933) MD(1936) MRCP(1938) FRCP(1966)

Ronald Green was born at Enfield, Middlesex, the son of James Sidney Green, a horticulturist, and his wife Elizabeth (née Akers). He was educated at Enfield Grammar School and, after a brief spell in banking, he entered the London Hospital to study medicine. After qualification and a resident appointment at the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, he joined the London County Council service, working at St Mary Abbots, St Pancras and Hammersmith Hospitals. At the outbreak of the Second World War he was at St Peter’s Hospital, Whitechapel, which was destroyed by enemy bombing. He was rejected by the Armed Forces on medical grounds and saw service in various LCC hospitals. He spent a considerable period at the Southern Hospital, Dartford, an auxiliary Royal Navy hospital. It was at this hospital that he met his wife, Doreen Peall, who was nursing there. They subsequently had two sons; the elder is a solicitor and the younger a minister in the Church of England.

In 1947 Ronald was appointed consultant physician to Paddington General Hospital which became an integral part of St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1950. He worked full time and was very popular with his colleagues, the hospital staff and the students, to all of whom he was affectionately known as ‘Daddy Green’. He published articles on dissecting aneurysms and Charcot’s joints but his clinical responsibilities left little time for research. Someone has to apply the fruits of research at the bedside and this Ronald did with skill and kindness.

On his retirement his colleagues organized a dinner for him and his wife at the Apothecaries Hall. As a youth he had developed a keen interest in music which continued throughout his life; he played the violin in quartets and orchestras. He also played with the Royal Amateur Orchestral Society and became its vice-chairman in 1965. He was still playing in an Eastbourne orchestra at the age of 83 years. He had a good tenor voice, was a competent tennis player and a brilliant raconteur, often telling amusing stories against himself. After retirement he played bowls and loved to walk on the Downs, searching for wildflowers and butterflies. He will be remembered for old-fashioned enduring qualities - chivalry, truth, honour, freedom and courtesy.

T A Kemp

[Brit.med.J., 1995,310,525]

(Volume X, page 177)

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