Lives of the fellows

Henry Henderson Moll

b.17 April 1896 d.8 September 1949
MD Rome(1918) MB ChB Leeds(1924) MD Leeds(1924) MRCP(1924) FRCP(1938)

Henry Moll, the son of a French father who came from Lyons and a Scottish mother whose Edinburgh family had long connections with Leghorn, was born in Milan, where he was educated at the Lyceum. His medical studies at the University of Pavia were interrupted by the outbreak of war in 1914 and continued at the University of Rome, where he graduated with the highest honours. After two years’ clinical work he came to London in 1920.

Intensive post-graduate study at the West London, St. Bartholomew’s and Guy’s Hospitals led to his life interest in asthma and diseases of the chest, as he had been particularly impressed by the clinics run by Sir Arthur Hurst. A resident post at the General Infirmary, Leeds, led to his appointment to its staff. At the time of his death he was its senior physician and lecturer in clinical medicine at the University, and was planning both the reopening of his asthma clinic which had been closed owing to the War, and the establishment of an in-patient centre at Pinderfields Hospital for research in allergic and infectious diseases of the chest. He was an active supporter of the British Association of Allergists and an advisory member of the Asthma Research Council.

Generations of students remembered Moll’s precise, rather dogmatic, but practical teaching, enlightened by wide reading in general medicine. His hobbies were art and music. In 1935 he married Francesca Teresa Soldi, a well-known artist. They had four children.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1949, 2, 712-13 (p); Lancet, 1949, 2, 583-4; Yorkshire Evening Post, 9 Sept. 1949 (p).]

(Volume V, page 287)

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