Lives of the fellows

Peter Anthony Layard Horsfall

b.29 July 1926 d.21 July 1999
MB BCh Witwatersrand(1949) MRCP(1956) FRCP(1975)

Peter Anthony Layard Horsfall had a varied career as a physician in the UK, southern Africa and Hong Kong. He was born in South Africa, the son of John Edmund Bertram Layard Horsfall, a labour adviser. He was educated at Michaelhouse, Balgowan, in Natal, and then went on to study medicine at Witwatersrand University. He completed his clinical studies at Johannesburg General Hospital.

He was a house officer at Salisbury (in what was then Southern Rhodesia), from 1950 to 1951, and then went to the UK. He was a senior house officer in Cardiff, and then a registrar at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, UCH, and subsequently at the Tottenham Chest Clinic. From 1956 to 1963 he was a medical officer at the Jane Furse Memorial Hospital in the Eastern Transvaal. He then moved on to Hong Kong, where he was senior chest physician at Grantham Hospital. He was a former president of the BMA in Hong Kong.

When he retired in 1994 he moved to Vancouver, Canada. He had a keen interest in birds, and recorded over 1,100 species. He was married twice. His first wife, Edith, whom he married in 1951, was also a doctor. They had a son, David, and a daughter, Monique. He married a second time, to Irene. He died from malignant melanoma.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J.,1999,319,923]

(Volume XI, page 275)

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