Lives of the fellows

Peter Josef Gabriel Simons

b.10 August 1929 d.25 April 1988
MB BS Lond(1956) MRCP(1964) FRCP(1986)

Peter Simons was born in Hamburg, Germany. His parents, Walter Simons and his wife Edith Alice, then came to live in England, and Peter was educated at Stanmore Park School, Hertford, and Bedford School. After national service in the Army he entered St Thomas’s Hospital medical school, where he won several prizes. After graduation he held several junior appointments including that of house surgeon at Plymouth Hospital, and then house physician at St Thomas’s. He was medical registrar at St Luke’s Hospital, Guildford, the Gordon Hospital and the Brompton Hospital, London, and subsequently senior registrar at Crumpsall Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary. In 1971, following some locum appointments he was appointed consultant physician, with a special interest in diabetes and metabolic medicine, to Medway Health Authority.

Peter was a skilful and caring physician, with a warm manner which inspired trust and confidence in his patients. He expected high standards from his junior staff, but he showed them great loyalty and did all in his power to further their careers. He was chairman of several district committees and had a gift for reconciling differences of opinion by his persuasive arguments, but on occasion he could show great tenacity when supporting causes in which he believed deeply. He played a major part in the development of undergraduate teaching at a local level.

Peter Simon’s most outstanding qualities were his honesty and integrity. He was a sensitive and cultured man, with a passion for music, art and literature. He was not married, but enjoyed the company of a wide circle of friends. He was survived by his mother and brother, Martin.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
V Luniewska

[Brit.med.J., 1988,297,1604]

(Volume VIII, page 461)

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