Lives of the fellows

Horace Sharman Le Marquand

b.17 August 1896 d.13 June 1962
MB BS Lond(1920) MD Lond(1922) MRCS LRCP(1918) MRCP(1923) FRCP(1946)

Horace Le Marquand was born in London, the son of Horace Pierre Le Marquand, a master ironmonger, and Eliza Sharman Colley. From Merchant Taylors’ School he went to St. Thomas’s Hospital on an entrance scholarship, and immediately after graduation served for a year as a surgeon lieutenant. In World War II he was a medical specialist in the R.A.M.C, from 1942 to 1945 at home and in West Africa.

Some years as an assistant medical officer at the Maudsley Hospital followed house appointments at the Bethlem Royal Hospital and the electro-therapy department of St. Thomas’s before he went into general practice at Reading. In 1929 he was appointed assistant physician to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. There he established an endocrine clinic, his main interest being in ‘the fat child’. In addition to onerous work in the out-patients’ department he did much for the Hospital, serving on all significant executive committees and founding with his colleagues its Reports.

He had a short, wide, gnome-like figure which went well with a rather mischievous sense of humour that was sometimes a little belligerent. His hobbies were sailing and ballroom dancing; for many years he was a keen member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. On his retirement in 1957 he lived in Jersey, managing his family’s brewing business.

He was married twice, first in 1926 to Elizabeth Mary Halligan, by whom he had a daughter; she died in 1954, and in 1955 he married Katherine Wigginton.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1962, 1, 1558-9 (p); Lancet, 1962, 1, 1134, 1192.]

(Volume V, page 243)

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