Lives of the fellows

Hugo Joseph Liebeschuetz

b.3 December 1929 d.24 March 1994
MA BM BCh Oxon( 1954) DCH(1959) MRCP(1960) FRCP(1977)

Hugo Joseph Liebeschuetz was born in Hamburg, but fled Germany as a Jewish refugee. His father was a university historian, but many in his family were doctors, including his mother and both of his grandfathers. In England he was educated at Epsom College and later went on to Wadham College, Oxford, and University College Hospital, London, for his clinical training. Apart from a brief period of National Service between 1956 and 1958, which included the Suez Crisis, and training posts, most of his medical career was spent in Southend and the South Essex region. He was consultant paediatrician in the area between 1965 and 1980 and for Southend only from 1980 to 1993.

Hugo was considered by his colleagues to be a man of boundless energy, for whom nothing was too much trouble. His was the driving force that built a modern neonatal unit at Rochford and developed the charity which bought much of the necessary equipment for the unit. He played a major part in building up the high standard of the neonatal services.

He was particularly concerned for disadvantaged children. His was one of the first children’s day centres where children with special needs received an excellent service. Later, as medical staffing expanded, he maintained a watching brief over community groups and no self-help group for children with special needs failed to receive his support.

He married his wife Helen in 1959 and they had two sons and two daughters. He was taken ill in the middle of a clinic shortly before he was due to retire and, despite the progressive nature of his illness, he continued to contribute to the department and to give the training programme the benefit of his wisdom.

Stephen Ware

[Brit.med.J., 994,309,122]

(Volume X, page 301)

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