Lives of the fellows

Ian Wingate Caldwell

b.13 July 1917 d.9 March 2005
MB ChB Aberdeen(1939) MD(1954) FRCP(1970)

Ian Caldwell was a consultant dermatologist in North Lincolnshire, Southampton and Jersey. He was born in Edinburgh, the son of Victor Caldwell, a Church of Scotland minister, and Margaret née Wingate, the daughter of a sea captain. He was the cousin of Surgeon Vice Admiral Sir Dick Caldwell [Munk’s Roll Vol.XI, p.91]. When the family moved to Aberdeen, Caldwell won a scholarship to Robert Gordon’s College and from there, at the age of just 16, gained another scholarship, to Aberdeen University, where he studied medicine. He graduated in 1939.

He held junior posts at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, as a casualty officer and a house physician in the skin and VD departments. In 1940 he joined the RAMC on a regular commission. He was with the British Army in Egypt, providing medical support for troops fighting in the Middle East. After the Second World War he continued in the RAMC until 1953, as a specialist in dermatology.

He then returned to civilian life, as a senior registrar in dermatology in Aberdeen. In 1957 he became a consultant dermatologist in North Lincolnshire, where he stayed until 1962. He then moved to Southampton, before relocating to Jersey at the age of 60 to set up the department of dermatology there. He retired at the age of 70.

He was a keen sportsman. He played hockey for Aberdeen University and Scotland, and was a good tennis player. He also travelled extensively. He held clinics and lectured on his specialty in Zimbabwe.

He married Helen Gordon Kemp, the daughter of a farmer, in 1940. They had two sons and a daughter. His final years were marred by Parkinson’s disease.

RCP editor

[The Jersey Evening Post nd]

(Volume XII, page web)

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