Lives of the fellows

Geoffrey Matthews

b.9 April 1925 d.6 November 1996
MB BS Lond(1953) DObst RCOG(1955) LMCC(1958) MRCP(1963) MFOM(1979) FFOM RCP(1984) FRCP(1985)

Geoffrey Matthews was a consultant occupational physician. He was born in Sandgate, Kent. His father, Geoffrey Cale Matthews, was in the RAF and his grandfather, G F Cale Matthews, was the originator of orthodontics in the UK. He was educated at Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone. In 1943 he joined the RNVR as a sub lieutenant and served until 1947, seeing action on destroyers in the north Atlantic. He then went to study medicine at the London Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1953.

He held house posts at the London Hospital, and then spent three years in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1959 he returned to the UK, beginning a career in occupational medicine at Esso. After a three-year break from 1966 to 1969, when he became a GP, he rejoined Esso as senior medical officer. From 1972 he was group medical adviser at BOC.

He was an active member of the Society of Occupational Medicine and edited its newsletter. After his retirement he continued to work part-time and also worked as a volunteer for the Motor Neurone Disease Society. He was interested in rowing, gardening, Spain and the arts.

He married Catherine, a self-employed scientific interpreter, in 1956 and they had a son, Geoffrey, and a daughter, Louise. Predeceased by his wife, he died in his sleep.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 1997,314,447]

(Volume XI, page 383)

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