Lives of the fellows

Geoffrey Bevan Hollings

b.3 June 1911 d.9 August 1995
MB BS Lond( 1937) MRCS LRCP(1937) MD(1939) MRCP(1940) FRCP(1966)

Bev Hollings was an outstanding general physician and a congenial colleague. After leaving Westminster School he spent a short period at Barings Bank, but soon decided to pursue a career in medicine. He entered St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School and, after qualifying in 1937, obtained the coveted post of house physician to the professorial medical unit. A post as casualty officer at Hammersmith Hospital followed. He retained a lifelong respect and admiration for Hammersmith and religiously kept himself up to date throughout his consultant career, in part by attending their Wednesday grand rounds.

In February 1940 he joined the RAMC, soon becoming a graded physician. In 1941 he was promoted to medical specialist and he ended his service career in 1945 as a lieutenant colonel in the medical division, Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot.

Following a period as a senior medical registrar at Hammersmith Hospital he was appointed as an assistant physician at Kingston Hospital, Surrey, in 1947. At the time of the start of the National Health Service he was appointed a consultant physician, remaining in post until his retirement in 1976.

As a consultant physician he was a great success. He was a born leader and earned the respect of both his junior and his consultant colleagues. He was very supportive of his juniors, many of whom obtained exalted positions at home or abroad. He initiated and supported many of the medical developments achieved at the hospital during his time. Despite his somewhat patrician appearance he had the common touch and on principle remained a whole time consultant.

He married Madelaine Joyce Greenaway in 1943 and they had a son and two daughters. For relaxation he enjoyed a pint of beer at the Bear in Oxshott and at weekends or on holiday he was a serious sailing enthusiast, for many years owning his own boat. As in everything else he undertook he pursued this hobby to a high standard. He attended evening classes in navigation and obtained very nearly full marks in the examination at the end of the course. One of his proudest moments was when he skippered his boat to complete the Fastnet Race in 1975.

He was a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

W E Medd

[Brit.med.J., 1996,3 12,118]

(Volume X, page 223)

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