Lives of the fellows

Edward Gilbert Sita-Lumsden

b.9 March 1918 d.22 September 1974
MB BChir Cantab(1942) MA(1943) MRCP(1945) MD(1951) FRCP(1970)

E.G. Sita-Lumsden was born in Brighton, Sussex, where his father, Gino Sita, was a director of a company manufacturing picture frame mouldings. Sita was educated at The Hall, Hampstead, Kingswood School, Bath, Cambridge University and The London Hospital, qualifying in 1942. From 1943 to 1946 he was a member of the Royal Navy Medical Service, as Surgeon-Lieutenant RNVR. He served on the destroyer Wrestler on two Arctic convoys during the severe winter of 1943/4, one of which was the largest such convoy in which both British and US naval vessels took part; only 4 out of 44 vessels survived. With the same destroyer he took part in the chase of the pocket battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the North Atlantic. Later he took part in the D-day landings, and because of his knowledge of languages he served as Naval Intelligence Officer and Interpreter, and Medical Officer to the Flag Officer, landing first in the captured ports on the German and Dutch coasts after occupation.

After the war he held posts as house physician at Brompton Hospital, and as first assistant at the London, before being appointed consultant physician, with interest in diseases of the chest, to the Southend Group of Hospitals in 1949, where he remained until his death.

Sita-Lumsden played an outstanding part in the establishment of a chest service based on the Lancaster House Chest Clinic at Southend, during which period he wrote several papers on the treatment and prophylaxis of tuberculosis. However, his clinical skill meant that he was increasingly occupied in general medicine and he became a general physician in the Southend Group of Hospitals. He served Southend for 25 years in many capacities, particularly as Chairman of the Advisory Committee in Thoracic Medicine and member of the Committee for General Medicine of the North East Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board. He was Chairman of the Group Medical Committee, and subsequently first Chairman of the Medical Executive Committee following reorganization. He was also Chairman of the South East Essex Division of the BMA.

Outside the hospital he lived his life with the same enthusiasm he applied to his work. Always interested in sporting activities, he was a member of the Thames Estuary Auto Club and an expert skier and mountaineer. However, it was sailing that gave him most pleasure and it is a tragic irony that he lost his life in the sea that gave him so much enjoyment and relaxation.

In 1943 Edward Sita married Stella Pirie Lumsden, whose father, Harry Foote Lumsden, was a general practitioner. They had two sons.

JW Fawcett
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme

[Brit.med.J., 1974, 4, 349; Evening News, 23 Sept 1974]

(Volume VI, page 408)

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