b.15 March 1916 d.5 August 1980
MRCS LRCP(1940) MB BS Lond(1940) MRCP(1942) MD(1949) FRCP(1965)
Matthew Steel was born in Berkshire, son of James Steel, farmer, and his wife Annie Love (née Kirkwood), who also came from a family of farmers. Matthew was educated at Reading School and University College Hospital, London, where he graduated in 1940 having obtained the Fellowes gold medal and the Butterworth prize. Following resident appointments in University College Hospital, he served in the RAMC until 1947.
On leaving the Army, Matthew Steel returned to UCH and served as resident assistant physician prior to his appointment as consultant physician in Grimsby in 1951. He was subsequently responsible for the development of the medical services in Grimsby, and was appointed clinical tutor following the introduction of postgraduate medical education. He was largely responsible for the building of the existing postgraduate medical centre. He devoted much of his time to tutorials for the junior staff for many years, providing two sessions a week of preparation for the MRCP.
In 1942 he married Margaret Harriet, daughter of Robert Leslie Ridge, a medical practitioner, and they had two sons.
Matthew Steel was a warmhearted and generous man whose whole life was based upon firmly held Christian principles. He was a staunch supporter of his local church. He remained a country man, loving country life, and was a keen salmon fisherman. He was also interested in history, and vice president of the local Rotary Club. He died six months before his retirement as consultant physician at Scarthos Road Hospital, Grimsby, and his fortitude and acceptance of the inevitable in his final illness gave a fine example to all.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
[Brit.med.J., 1980, 281, 876]
(Volume VII, page 553)
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