Lives of the fellows

Alexander Duncan Shanks Whyte

b.15 January 1893 d.19 October 1973
MC MB ChB Otago(1916) DPH(1920) MRCP(1932) FRACP(1938) FRCP(1963)

Alexander Whyte was born in Duntocher, New Zealand, the son of Alexander Whyte, a Scottish scholar and minister of religion, and his wife Helen Inglis, daughter of Alexander Duncan Shanks, a merchant. He was educated at Napier and Otago High School and the University of Otago, undertaking his clinical work at Dunedin Hospital and graduating MB ChB in 1916. After junior house appointments at Christchurch, he was appointed physician to the Napier Hospital from 1933-1948, and senior physician to the Memorial Hospital, Hastings, NZ, from 1942-1957. He contributed several papers to the New Zealand Medical Journal on Addison’s disease, myocardial infarction and brucellosis.

He served with the New Zealand forces in the first world war, from 1915-1919, being medical officer on the hospital ship Maheno; medical officer to the 2nd (A) Brigade, New Zealand Field Army - when he was awarded the Military Cross - and pathologist to No. 2 NZ General Hospital.

From 1935-1963 he was president of the Hawke’s Bay Division of the BMA, a member of the NHI Committee of Council from 1935-1942, and vice-president of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians from 1954-1956.

In 1920 he married Eva Marguerite, daughter of William Couper, a sheepfarmer, and they had a son and a daughter. As a young man, apart from his work and his family, his main interest was in Rugby football. He played for the Brigade Officers’ Team in 1917. In later life he found pleasure in reading history and in gardening.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
V Luniewska

(Volume VI, page 459)

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