Lives of the fellows

Elinor Oliver Steenson Hope

b.11 August 1939 d.19 May 1982
MB ChB Edin(1963) MRCP(UK)(1969) FRCP(1980)

Elinor Hope was born in a small town in the south of Scotland and studied medicine at Edinburgh University. After qualifying she decided to specialize in general medicine and soon gained her membership of the College. As a junior, she was highly regarded by her consultants when she trained in chest medicine.

In 1973 she was appointed a consultant physician (with a major interest in chest medicine) at the Aylesbury Group of hospitals, at the age of 33. She was based initially at Tindal Hospital, running the chest department with Elizabeth Hills. This department was later transferred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and integrated with the division of medicine.

She was an extremely competent and conscientious doctor, highly regarded by both patients and staff. She was a member of the British Thoracic Society, and took an active part in hospital medical administration. Although she was a private person she had a lively personality and a strong sense of humour. She was unmarried and remained very close to her family. She loved country life and had a keen interest in walking, gardening, ornithology, and travel. Her sudden, tragic death after depression at the age of 43 was a great shock to her colleagues, family and friends.

P Cochrane
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme

(Volume VII, page 277)

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