Lives of the fellows

Athelstane Iliff Simey

b.27 January 1873 d.20 August 1943
MA MD Cantab MRCS FRCP(1925)

A. I. Simey, who was born at Sunderland, the third son of Ralph Simey, enjoyed the benefits of a classical education. He won classical scholarships both at Rugby and at King’s College, Cambridge, and took a first in the classical tripos of 1895, before turning to medicine. He did his clinical training at the London Hospital, qualifying in 1901, and was given house appointments there and at the Belgrave Hospital for Children. He was physician to outpatients at the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest for a short time, but in 1908 left London to take up the post of medical officer to his old school. In the next twenty-three years he gained a wide reputation as an authority on health in boarding schools. On his persuasion, the Rugby authorities set an example to other schools by instituting a substantial evening meal for the boys and by abolishing unnecessary quarantine. The local Hospital of St. Cross also owed much to his support. In the War of 1914-1918, he served on the staff of the Officers’ Hospital at Le Havre. On resigning from his Rugby appointment, Simey set up as a consultant at Exeter, being elected to the staff of the Exmouth Hospital. But illness soon necessitated his retirement, which he spent partly in the New Forest and partly in Cumberland. Simey was a deliberate, meticulous, and notoriously slow worker. But he was a popular figure among Rugbeians of all ages, and a generous philanthropist and a keen naturalist. He married a daughter of Foster Alleyne. He died at Fordingbridge.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1943; B.M.J., 1943]

(Volume IV, page 601)

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