Lives of the fellows

Alexander Bernard Stewart

b.15 June 1908 d.20 November 1974
MB BCh St And(1931) DPH(1934) MD(1936) MRCPE(1968) FRCP(1969)

Alexander Stewart was born in Angus, Scotland. His father was Alexander Murray Stewart, a civil servant. His mother was bom Helen Howie Edmonds. He married Isabelle Webster, a farmer’s daughter, who bore him one son - Alexander Stewart.

He was schooled at Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry, and educated at St Andrews University, attending Dundee Royal Infirmary for his clinical medical studies. He held house physician and house surgeon appointments at Dundee Royal Infirmary, then occupied a junior medical officer post at the City of Dundee Fever Hospital. Thereafter, in 1933 he was an assistant lecturer in bacteriology at St Andrews University for 2 years and lecturer for a further two years. This led to appointments in the Public Health Services, first as deputy Medical Officer of Health to the County Borough of Tynemouth (1937-40), then in a similar capacity to the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury, where he worked from 1940-46. After the war he became Medical Officer of Health to Paddington (London) where he stayed for 6 years till 1952, combining the post with one of Regional Medical Officer to the London County Council. From there he was promoted Deputy Medical Officer of Health to London County Council (1952-1964), and later full Medical Officer, which was transliterated to ‘Medical Adviser’ to the Greater London Council when that became the title in 1965 of the enlarged LCC.

He acquired considerable experience in infectious disease problems and in medical administration, always seeking the simplest, least controversial solution to problems of policy and execution.

Alex Stewart was a genial, easy going character with a fund of good stories and an ear for more; always ready to help colleagues in difficulty with a ready, painless solution.

He was well read, but with a bigger collection of gramophone records of Beethoven and Mozart than of medical incunabula.

In summary, he was a happy husband, a proud father and a peace loving medical administrator.

W Hartston

[Brit.med.J., 1974, 4, 598]

(Volume VI, page 417)

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