Lives of the fellows

Martin Joseph Greenberg

b.23 August 1914 d.20 January 1972
BA Wits(1933) BA Cantab(1936) MRCS LRCP(1939) MB BChir(1940) MRCP(1948) FRCP(1969)

Born in Johannesburg, Martin Greenberg was the son of the Hon. Justice Leopold Greenberg, barrister, later Judge President of the Transvaal, Judge of Appeal, Appellate Division, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State. His mother was Jennie Braun before marriage. His maternal uncle Loswell Braun, FRCP, was chief consulting physician at Johannesburg General Hospital.

He was educated at King Edward VII School, Johannesburg, the University of Witwatersrand, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. In 1930 he took 1st Class Senior Matriculation and won an Entrance Scholarship to the University of Witwatersrand where he graduated BA 1st class in mathematics in 1933. He graduated BA (Honours) Cambridge in 1936 and took his other qualifications in quick succession.

He was appointed anaesthetist and house surgeon to St. Bartholomew’s in 1939, RMO to St. Andrew’s Hospital, Dollis Hill, and senior house physician at St. Bartholomew’s in 1940. From 1940-1945 he served in the Royal Air Force Medical Service, reaching the rank of Squadron Leader. In 1946 he was house surgeon, then house physician at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The following year he was appointed RMO. In 1948 he was medical registrar at Southmead Hospital, Bristol and in 1948-1949 returned to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital as senior medical registrar. In 1949-1950 he was acting deputy physician superintendent at Peppard Chest Hospital and 1950-1951 deputy physician superintendent at Baguley Hospital, Manchester. From 1951-1956 he was consultant chest physician, Manchester Regional Hospitals and honorary clinical lecturer in medicine at Manchester University. In 1956 he was appointed consultant chest physician in the Cambridgeshire area and to the United Cambridge Hospitals and Papworth Hospital, where he served until his death.

From 1953 he was an active member of the Thoracic Society. A keen supporter of the British Thoracic and Tuberculosis Society, he worked with his usual vigour for this body and served as secretary from 1962-1964 and treasurer from 1967-1969. He had a youthful enthusiasm for practical procedures. His sound commonsense and warm friendliness often enabled him, by informal discussion, to solve difficult problems which would have defeated a committee. Nevertheless, he served on many hospital committees.

His great interests were golf, ski-ing and bridge. He was always a cheerful friend with a great warmth of personality and charm, and the local general practitioners leant heavily on his advice.

On 28th June 1940 he married Joan Elizabeth Marjory Lock, daughter of Norman Francis Lock, FRCS, consulting surgeon, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and of Blandford Forum, Dorset. They had three children - two sons and a daughter.

He died while ski-ing in Switzerland.

HA Fleming

[Brit.med.J., 1972, 1, 383; Lancet, 1972, 1, 331; Times, 29 Jan 1972; Huntingdon Res. Centre Gazette 1972, 3, 1]

(Volume VI, page 210)

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