Lives of the fellows

Peter Ferrers Lucas

b.31 December 1920 d.28 November 1968
MRCS LRCP(1944) MB BChir Cantab(1944) MRCP(1945) MD(1953) FRCP(1967)

Peter Ferrers Lucas, youngest son of the late Brigadier Reginald Hutchinson Lucas, RAMC, grandson of Dr. D.W. Reid and great-grandson of Dr. R. Reid, Canterbury, was educated at King’s School, Canterbury, and Pembroke College, Cambridge. His clinical years were spent at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, a hospital very closely connected with the family on his maternal side. He graduated in 1944, taking the Conjoint Diploma in the same year and the MRCP in 1945. He then joined the RAMC as Medical Specialist, serving in Palestine and Cyprus. He returned to Barts in 1947 to become chief medical assistant to Geoffrey Bourne and Sir Ronald Bodley Scott. In 1953 he obtained the MD (Cantab) for his thesis on the cytology of lymph nodes.

In 1954 he left Barts to further his experience in general medicine and joined the staff of the Reading Group of Hospitals as senior registrar under Lord Waverley, and in 1955 he was appointed consultant physician to the East Dorset Hospital Group.

He was soon elected Chairman of the Royal Victoria Hospital Medical Staff Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Group, on whose Management Committee he also served. He retained a special interest in haematology and laid the foundations of a clinical Haematology Department in Bournemouth. In 1967 he was elected FRCP.

Despite a modest and unaffected manner, his wisdom, sense of justice, courtesy and humour earned him the respect of his colleagues, for he stood by his beliefs and contributed greatly to clinical and hospital matters.

During his relatively short period at the Bournemouth hospital, postgraduate medical education was developing and he demonstrated a considerable talent in this field, his lectures in particular being a model of lucidity, well spiced with a subtle dry humour.

Apart from his professional life and for all his dignity he had been known as the only student to swing from the lights at the ‘Vicarage’, Barts, to retrieve table tennis balls. Lucas, who was tall and thin, boxed for his school, of which he was Captain, played tennis for his college, enjoyed squash, also hockey and cricket, of which he became captain during his Bart’s days, being a bowler of some dexterity. He played the trumpet and taught himself to play the piano; towards the end of his life he started to take a keen interest in gardening. He was fond of camping holidays with his family.

In 1947 he married WAAF Flight Officer Fionnghuala McGurk, elder daughter of Lt. Col. N.A. McGurk, OBE, and had one daughter, who follows his profession, and three sons.

Justin Clark

[Brit.med.J., 1968, 4, 711; Lancet, 1968, 2, 1253]

(Volume VI, page 300)

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