Lives of the fellows

Walter Fleming Scott

b.11 February 1920 d.6 February 2003
MB BCh Witwatersrand(1944) MRCP(1947) MD(1950) FRCP(1973)

Walter Fleming Scott, known as 'Wally', was a physician in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was born in Johannesburg, the son of Walter Scott, a mining engineer, and Nora Fleming. He was educated at St John's College and then the University of Witwatersrand.

After house posts in Johannesburg, he went to the UK, where he was house physician to Paul Wood at Hammersmith Hospital. He returned to South Africa, where, from 1949 to 1951, he was a registrar at Johannesburg General Hospital. He was subsequently part-time physician at the University of Witswatersrand department of medicine and thoracic surgery unit.

Wally Scott exuded life and was a delightful companion. In clinical training, as in his 60 years of practice, Wally was at his best facing an unsolved problem. His determination to achieve a goal he had set himself was the hallmark of this beloved man. Because of his tenacity, knowledge and wisdom, he served his patients, and his friends, with warmth and distinction. He continued practising as a physician and as an assistant at the cardiac clinic until his death.

He was devoted to his wife, Nancy, whom he married in 1954. They had a wide circle of friends and Wally also enjoyed his golf and his tennis. His whimsical sense of humour was a delight in any company. He had a daughter, Jenni, and a son, Roger, who is in radiological practice in Johannesburg.

Wally Scott died aged 83 some days after a tragic car accident returning from a game reserve in the Transvaal. His injuries were devastating and survival would have left him severely crippled. The medical profession - and his patients - will be the poorer for his loss.

E B Adams

(Volume XI, page 506)

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