Lives of the fellows

Peter Daish

b.4 May 1948 d.25 August 2003
MA(1974) MB(1976) BChir(1975) MRCP(1980) MSc Lond(1984) MD(1993) FRCP(1995)

Peter Daish was an extremely popular, well-established consultant paediatrician who worked at Northampton General Hospital. He went to school in Suffolk, attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and Westminster Medical School. He had a keen mind and obviously enjoyed learning, achieving great success in his academic studies from an early age. This passion continued throughout his life and manifested itself not only in his personal achievements, but in the gift he had for imparting knowledge to others and in his interest in medical education. He was actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education throughout his career. He was a very successful district clinical tutor from January 1995 to December 1999. In July 2002 he was appointed associate director of clinical studies at the University of Leicester Warwick Medical School, based at Northampton.

His early days as a doctor took him to Westminster and the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals, after which his interest in paediatrics blossomed with registrar posts in Bristol, Plymouth, Great Ormond Street, Portsmouth, Southampton, and finally to Northampton, where he was appointed as consultant in 1988.

Peter's particular interests, which developed during his career, centred on the care of the newborn, children with metabolic diseases and the care of children with cancer, and it was in this latter sphere that he developed a particular, special expertise. Children, families and carers found him not only a superb doctor, but also a friend who was always willing to spend time with them whenever it was needed. He had very high standards.

Essentially Peter was a family man, and he and his wife, Deirdre, had three children. He had a splendid sense of humour, the knack of 'keeping things in perspective', was excellent company and enjoyed life. He had an interest in current affairs and medical politics. He was well aware that he had inherited the family predisposition to heart disease and applied his obsessional trait to both diet and exercise. He could often be seen ploughing up and down the hospital swimming pool.

S J Shribman

(Volume XI, page 140)

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