Lives of the fellows

Bertram Allen Young

b.30 May 1904 d.23 August 1989
MRCS LRCP(1928) MB BS Lond(1929) MD MRCP(1931) FRCP(1965)

Bertram Allen Young was born in Pembrokeshire, the son of William Charles Young, a naval architect, and his wife Alice Louisa Rogers, whose father was a shipbuilder. He was educated at Haverfordwest Preparatory School and Taunton School, where he played First XV rugby, and he was victor ludorum in 1923. Subsequently he attended University College Hospital as an undergraduate where he captained the hospital rugby team.

In 1928 he was appointed house surgeon in obstetrics and gynaecology at UCH, followed by a year as house physician. In 1930 he moved to the West London Hospital as house surgeon before taking up an appointment as assistant medical officer for the London County Council Hospital Service (later the Greater London Council, now disbanded), a post which he held until 1936. The following year, at the age of 33, he was appointed physician superintendent and senior physician at St Alfege’s Hospital.

In 1939 he married Betty Mostyn Hoops, daughter of Albert Lancelot Hoops, principal civil medical officer, Malaya. They had two sons.

Young’s great clinical interest was diabetes and in 1948, on the introduction of the NHS, he was appointed consultant and physician in charge of the diabetic clinic at the Miller General and St Alfege’s hospitals. He published widely on diabetic ketoacidosis and diabetes in pregnancy, and in 1962 he was appointed chairman of the executive council of the British Diabetic Association, a post which he held for the next three years. For sixteen years he was a Privy Council nominee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Young retired in 1969, when I first made his acquaintance, but his reputation had preceded our meeting. Rarely have I known so many patients speak with such affection of ‘our doctor’, He was aways charming, suave, interested - and amazingly in touch with medicine even after several years of retirement.

P Marsden

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(Volume IX, page 609)

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