Lives of the fellows

Leslie Ernest McGee

b.13 February 1924 d.8 August 1995
BA Cantab(1945) MB BChir(1947) MRCP(1948) MA(1949) MRCPath(1965) FRCP(1974) FRCPath(1976)

Leslie McGee was consultant histopathologist at King George Hospital and helped establish pathology as an important clinical discipline in the Redbridge area. He was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where his father worked as a civil servant. From a very early age he told his family he was going to be a doctor. After attending Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury he went to St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, and St Bartholomews Hospital, qualifying in 1947.

From 1949 to 1951 he undertook his National Service in the RAF, working as a squadron leader and medical specialist to the Iraq command, based at Habbaniyah.

He returned to work as a registrar at University College and Westminster hospitals. In 1960 he became a senior registrar in morbid anatomy at St George’s and Southampton General hospitals. He was appointed as a consultant histopathologist at King George Hospital in 1964 when the department of histopathology and cytology was relatively modest, with a total of just four staff. Over the next twenty five years Leslie developed the service to keep pace with the ever increasing work load of both surgical pathology and cytology.

Leslie was popular with laboratory and clinical staff alike and, following his retirement in 1990, remained a continuing source of help and advice.

Peter Tanner

(Volume X, page 316)

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