Lives of the fellows

Leonard Haas

b.7 January 1923 d.29 May 2003
MB BChir Cantab(1946) DCH(1949) MRCP(1952) MD(1955) FRCP(1973)

Leonard Haas was a consultant paediatrician at the Torbay and Royal Devon and Exeter hospitals. He was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, the son of Gustav Haas, a company director, and Regina Haas née Fichtmann, the daughter of Leonard Abraham Fichtmann, a merchant. He was educated at a local school in Brno and then, following his departure for the UK, at Brighton College. He went on to study at Cambridge University and Guy’s Hospital.

From 1946 to 1948 he held house officer posts at Pembury Hospital, and at Kent and Sussex Hospital. He then carried out his National Service in the RAMC, serving in Egypt, Somaliland and at the Hospital for Head Injuries at Wheatley, Oxford. From 1950 to 1953 he was a house physician, house surgeon, casualty officer and resident medical officer at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hackney, London. For the next two years he was a paediatric registrar at the Postgraduate Medical School of London, and then became a registrar at Great Ormond Street. Between 1956 and 1960 he was a senior registrar at the London Hospital. He was appointed as a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Torbay Hospital, Torquay, in 1961. He was also an honorary paediatrician at the Dame Hannah Rogers School and at Devonport Homes for Children.

He wrote papers on, among other topics, the congenital absence of intrahepatic bile ducts, lead poisoning in childhood, intrahepatic cholestasis in the newborn, cystic fibrosis in Devon and septo-optic dysplasia with growth hormone deficiency (De Morsier syndrome).

Outside medicine, he was interested in gardening, swimming, skiing, music, reading and free masonry. In 1948 he married Isle Sara Philippsohn, the daughter of Walter Philippsohn, a banker. They had one son, Richard and two daughters, Elizabeth and Fiona.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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