Lives of the fellows

Thomas Joseph Delaney

b.23 September 1940 d.22 February 2003
MB ChB Liverp(1964) MRCP(1968) DCH(1968) FRCP(1982)

Thomas Joseph Delaney, 'Joe' to all his friends, was an outstanding clinical dermatologist. A quiet, gentle and sincere man, he was committed to his patients and his specialty. He practised his art in a humane and common sense way, unswayed by the latest medical fashions. Because of this, and his comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience, his opinion was frequently sought.

He was an unassuming man, devoid of ostentation. He had a kindly dry wit, which was unmasked by his accompanying twinkling eyes. A devoted family man, he enjoyed the simple pleasures of family life, gardening, walking and reading, but above all else he was enthusiastic about dermatology. Though not aspiring to any of the high offices of his specialty, his contribution to dermatology was immense. He devoted most of his time and energy to providing a clinical service of the highest order, to the benefit not only of his patients but also of his colleagues, and for this we all remain extremely grateful.

He was born in Liverpool, the son of an insurance agent. He went to school in the same city, and then went on to Liverpool University and medical school, where he won the prize in clinical medicine. He qualified in 1964. He acquired the MRCP and DCH in 1968 and was elected a Fellow of the College in 1982.

After various junior training posts in medicine and paediatrics in Liverpool hospitals, he became a registrar and then a senior registrar in dermatology at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary in 1969. He was appointed senior registrar in dermatology at St George's Hospital, London, in 1971, and at the same time he was an honorary clinical assistant at St John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin. He developed a particular interest in dermato-histopathology whilst in London. He was appointed consultant dermatologist to Gloucester and Cheltenham District General Hospitals in 1975.

He was an active member of the BMA, the British Association of Dermatologists, the Royal Society of Medicine, St John's Hospital Dermatology Society, the Dowling Club, and the British Society for Dermatopathology.

He retired in 2001 but continued as a locum at his hospitals until his sudden and untimely death whilst at a dermatology conference in Vietnam.

S Tan

>[Brit.med.J., 2003,326,1040]

(Volume XI, page 148)

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