Lives of the fellows

Thomas Gillman Moorhead

b.15 October 1878 d.3 August 1960
BA Dubl(1900) MB BCh BAO Dubl(1901) MD Dubl(1902) DPH Dubl(1903) Hon LLD NUI(1933) Hon LLD Belf(1935) FRCPI(1906) *FRCP(1934)

Born in co. Tyrone, the son of Dr William Robert and Amelia Davis (Gillman) Moorhead, Thomas Moorhead was educated at Dublin University. He was chief demonstrator in anatomy there in 1901, and assistant physician at Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital in 1902. He was visiting physician to the Royal City of Dublin Hospital from 1903 to 1921, King’s professor of materia medica and pharmacy at Dublin University from 1921 to 1925, and visiting physician to Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital for the same period. From 1925 to 1956 he was regius professor of physic.

Moorhead was president of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland from 1930 to 1933, president of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland in 1930, president of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland in 1932, and president of the British Medical Association in 1933. He served for a time during the 1914-18 War as lieutenant-colonel, R.A.M.C.

He was a leading clinical teacher of his day in Dublin, and had one of the largest consultant practices. He had a tremendous capacity for work, living to a rigid time-table. On his holidays he liked mountaineering in the French Alps and salmon fishing in the west of Ireland. He was also a great walker. In 1925 he became totally blind owing to detachment of the retinae, but this misfortune did not make him idle. He found an outlet for his energy by serving on hosts of committees and boards, where he showed an amazing grasp of both fundamentals and details. His memory was remarkable, and he kept in contact with medical progress by attending medical meetings and having the journals read to him.

In 1907 he married Mai Beatrice, daughter of Robert Erskine Quinn; she died in 1935. In 1938 he married Sheila, daughter of Stephen Gwynn, M.P. for Galway. He had no family.

Richard R Trail

* He was elected under the special bye-law which provides for the election to the fellowship of "Persons holding a medical qualification, but not Members of the College, who have distinguished themselves in the practice of medicine, or in the pursuit of Medical or General Science or Literature..."

[Brit.med.J., 1960, 2, 542-3 (p), 953; Lancet, 1960, 2, 378; Times, 4 Aug. 1960.]

(Volume V, page 293)

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