Lives of the fellows

Ralph Kauntze

b.5 June 1911 d.3 January 2004
MRCS LRCP(1935) MB BChir Cantab(1937) MA(1937) MRCP(1939) MBE(1944) MD(1946) FRCP(1950)

Ralph Kauntze was a former physician at Guy's Hospital. He was born in Lancashire, the son of Charles Kauntze, a cotton merchant, and Edith née Bagley. He was educated at Canford School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and received his clinical training at St George's Hospital, London, where he was a William Brown senior scholar. He qualified in 1935 with the conjoint, and held junior posts at St George's and St James's, Balham. Two years later, in 1937, he graduated MA MB BCh from Cambridge. In 1939, he gained his membership of the College and joined the RAMC. He served chiefly in the Mediterranean, was an officer in charge of a medical division, and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was awarded the MBE in 1944.

In 1945 he returned to civilian life. For two years he was assistant to the director of the department of medicine at Guy's. In May 1948 he was appointed as an assistant physician, and in 1956 he became physician to the cardiac department. He was also a consultant physician to the Royal Masonic Hospital and an honorary visiting physician to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was elected as a Fellow of the College in 1950. He wrote some 35 papers between 1945 and 1961, mainly dealing with cardiovascular disease.

He married Katharine Margaret Moodie, the daughter of a cotton broker, in 1935, and they had two sons and one daughter. He was interested in farming and Dutch 17th century painting. He played hockey for Cambridge University, and continued to play thereafter.

RCP editor

(Volume XI, page 308)

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