Lives of the fellows

Geoffrey Lawrence Samuel Konstam

b.23 November 1899 d.27 February 1962
MB BS Lond(1926) MD Lond(1928) MRCS LRCP(1923) MRCP(1927) FRCP(1939)

Geoffrey Konstam was the son of Rudolf Konstam, a leather tanner and merchant, and Emily, the daughter of Jacob Piza, who had business interests in Panama. He was born in London, and went to Heath Mount School at Hampstead and then to Westminster School, and had entered King’s College Hospital Medical School when he was called up for Army Service. From 1918 to January 1919 he was a signals officer in the Far East. After qualifying he was house surgeon and resident anaesthetist at King’s College Hospital, and house surgeon in the genito-urinary department there, house physician at the Hampstead General and Paddington Green Children’s Hospitals, medical first assistant registrar at the London Hospital, and then medical registrar at the West London Hospital from 1930 to 1931. In that year he was appointed to its staff. He became lecturer in clinical medicine, and later, as full physician, the director of the cardiological department. In 1929 he had been appointed assistant physician to the London Jewish Hospital and physician to the East Ham Memorial Hospital. From 1940 to 1945 he served in the R.A.M.C, as lieutenant-colonel in charge of the medical division of the 43rd and 63rd Hospitals. He was examiner for the University of Cairo in 1945, and from 1951 to 1955 examiner for the London Conjoint Board.

Konstam was never ruffled or hurried; indeed he was always late at out-patients, but it is a tribute to his charm and geniality that his students gladly waited for him and stayed to the end of the sessions, for he was an able teacher, particularly in his specialist field of cardiology. At the age of sixty-one he retired completely, giving up a large consulting practice to devote himself to sculpture. He had already exhibited excellent work at the London Group and the Medical Arts Society, and had a large circle of friends interested in every form of art. Within a year he died.

In 1928 he married Helen Lorna, daughter of Frederick William Dunn, a civil servant who was a barrister and had qualified in medicine at the age of sixty-four. They had two sons and one daughter.

Richard R Trail

[Brit. Heart J., 1962, 24, 517; Brit.med.J., 1962, 1, 730-31, 1017; Lancet, 1962, 1, 546, 600; Times, 6 Mar. 1962.]

(Volume V, page 235)

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