Lives of the fellows

Bernard Clive Tate

b.1 September 1901 d.31 January 1979
MBE(1942) BA Cantab(1923) MRCS LRCP(1926) BChir(1926) MB(1930) MA(1933) MD(1934)

Bernard Tate was born at Handsworth, Birmingham, where his father was a schoolmaster. He was educated at King Edward VI School, Birmingham, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and his high intellectual ability was soon demonstrated by the award of numerous scholarships, exhibitions and prizes. Although he rowed in his College boat he missed a Blue. After graduating in medicine in 1926 he held numerous junior hospital posts including that of resident medical officer at the General Hospital, Birmingham, thus obtaining a wide knowledge and experience of general medicine, and becoming a member of the College in 1928. Thereafter he turned to dermatology and after junior appointments at the West London Hospital, Great Ormond Street and St John’s Hospital, was elected consultant dermatologist to the Children’s Hospital and the General Hospital in Birmingham. He made a number of valuable contributions to the dermatological literature, and his opinion was so greatly valued that he always had an enormous practice.

He was a lecturer in dermatology in the University of Birmingham, president of the British Association of Dermatology and of the section of dermatology of both the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Medical Association. During the 1939-1945 war he served for six years as a consultant dermatologist, with the rank of lieutenant colonel, in the Middle East and in Southern Command, and his outstanding contribution was recognized by the award of the MBE. After retiring from his hospital appointments in Birmingham in 1966, he went to live at Findon in Sussex and soon after his arrival there the Worthing General Hospital persuaded him to hold regular dermatological clinics for them. In 1975 he moved back to the Midlands and died suddenly at his home at Little Aston.

In 1935 he married Millicent Moseley who was also medically qualified. She died in 1975. There was one son of the marriage, who achieved distinction in the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Tate was a handsome, courteous, kindly man, who though quiet had a great gift for friendship, particularly towards his junior colleagues, whom he constantly strove to help.

AGW Whitfield

[Brit.med.J., 1979, 1, 483]

(Volume VII, page 568)

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