Lives of the fellows

Thomas Scott Stone

b.20 July 1908 d.25 June 1982
MRCS LRCP(1930) MB BS Lond(1930) MRCP(1933) MD(1934) FRCP(1970)

Scott Stone was educated at Sedbergh School and qualified from the London Hospital in 1930. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1933 and MD (London) in 1934 - later joining a partnership in general practice in Cliftonville. During the 1939-1945 war he served with the Eighth Army as a lieutenant colonel RAMC in charge of a medical division.

In his early forties he paid little regard to illnesses, requiring a partial gastrectomy and thoracoplasty, and continued his very active way of life. At the start of the National Health Service he was appointed consultant physician to the Kent and Canterbury and Isle of Thanet District Hospitals and, while remaining in every sense a general physician, he developed a special interest in cardiology and diabetes. He was elected FRCP in 1970 and retired in 1973.

He had an active retirement. As a keen gardener he specialized in growing alpine plants and had an international reputation in this field. Natural history, photography and music were also absorbing interests and his love of fast cars remained throughout his life. Even after knowing him for years one could still be surprised by stories of his earlier achievements. He had apparently raced a motorcycle (a Scott) on the Isle of Man TT course, and he never quite gave up the thought of motorcycling again in his seventies. He had also been in demand as an expert ballroom dancer. Scott was regarded with affection by all who knew him and will be remembered as a modest and retiring man, always gentle and kindly. He was a true physician.

His early years of retirement were marred by the death of his first wife Christine, in 1975; but he married again, to Phyllis Milligan, in January 1981. He had a son and a daughter of his first marriage.

RH Andrews

[Brit.med.J., 1982, 285, 382]

(Volume VII, page 557)

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