Lives of the fellows

Peter Arthur John Smith

b.11 August 1919 d.9 July 2004
MRCS LRCP(1941) MB BS Lond(1946) MRCP(1949) FRCP(1969)

Peter Arthur John Smith was a consultant dermatologist in Roehampton, Worthing and East Grinstead. He was born in Pensham, Pershore, Worcestershire, the son of Arthur Critchley Smith, a pharmaceutical chemist, and Lysbeth Thomas Margach. He was educated at Tewkesbury Grammar School, and then went on to study medicine at Guy's, qualifying in 1941. He was then a house physician and a house surgeon for a year in Guy's sector of the Emergency Medical Service.

From February 1942 to July 1947 he served in the RAMC, spending two years as a resident medical officer in 44 Reconnaissance Regiment in the Western desert and in Italy. He was subsequently a trainee in dermatology in Naples and Caserta. He was made a dermatological specialist with the rank of major in January 1947.

Following demobilisation, he was a registrar in the skin department of Guy's. In 1950 he travelled to the US, where he was a resident in dermatology at the University Hospitals, Minneapolis. From 1951 to 1953 he was a research fellow in dermatology at Harvard University. He subsequently returned to England, as senior registrar in dermatology at the UCH and then at the London Hospital.

In 1956 he was appointed as a consultant in dermatology at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton. In 1966 he resigned for health reasons. He was also a consultant dermatologist at Worthing and at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.

At the time of his election to the Fellowship he listed gardening, botany, wine (with special reference to Bordeaux) and opera (particularly Verdi and Mozart) among his interests. He also stated that his sporting distinction was "to avoid anything to do with any sport at all times".

He married Elizabeth Mary Morris Evans in 1956, the daughter of an army officer. They had no children.

RCP editor

(Volume XI, page 531)

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