Lives of the fellows

Alan Roger Marsh

b.16 January 1939 d.10 January 2000
MB BS Lond(1962) MRCP(1967) FRCP(1986)

Alan Roger Marsh was a surgeon captain in the Royal Navy and a consultant physician. He was born in Sheffield, the son of Horace Newcombe Marsh, a retired grocer, and Connie Marsh, a housewife. He was educated at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, and then went on to study medicine at Bart’s.

He was a house physician and then house surgeon at Nottingham General Hospital. He joined the Royal Navy in 1962 as a medical officer and served until 1967. He then became a registrar on the medical professorial unit at the Royal Hospital Sheffield, and in 1970 was appointed as a research assistant on the cardiothoracic unit at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.

In 1971 he rejoined the Navy. In 1974 he spent a year as a research assistant at the Royal Postgraduate Hospital, Hammersmith. From 1976 to 1984 he was a consultant physician at the Royal Naval Hospitals in Portsmouth and Plymouth. He eventually became head of the medical department and then director of naval medicine at RN Hospital Haslar. During his career in the Navy he also saw service as a squadron medical officer in the Malaysia campaign.

In 1963 he married Dorothy, a nurse. They had three children. He died from cancer of the pharynx, diagnosed just two months after his retirement.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 200,320,583]

(Volume XI, page 379)

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