Lives of the fellows

Ronald Edward Church

b.19 December 1922 d.2 June 2007
MRCS LRCP(1945) MB BChir Cantab(1945) MRCP Edin(1951) MD(1953) FRCP Edin(1961) FRCP(1985)

Ronald Edward Church was a dermatologist in Sheffield. He was born in Emsworth, Hampshire, the son of Horace Arthur Church, an officer in the Royal Navy, and Violet Ann Church. He gained a scholarship to the Perse School, and went on to study medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and then St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He qualified MB BChir in 1945.

He was a house physician at Haywards Heath Emergency Medical Service Hospital and then a resident medical officer at Jersey Hospital. Between 1946 and 1948 he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Palestine and Cyprus. He subsequently became a registrar in dermatology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Later, in 1951, he was a senior registrar in Sheffield.

In 1956 he was appointed as a consultant dermatologist in north Lincolnshire, but, just a year later, he returned to Sheffield, replacing Renwick Vickers [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IX, p.544], who had moved to Oxford. He stayed at Sheffield until his retirement in December 1986. In addition to his NHS work, he had a busy private practice and was involved in medico-legal work.

With Ian Sneddon [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VIII, p.478] he wrote Practical dermatology (London, Edward Arnold, 1964), a popular textbook aimed at students and general practitioners.

For many years he helped run popular courses on dermatology for general practitioners and on industrial dermatology. He encouraged his registrars to carry out research and to present cases at clinical meetings, and was the first to describe the cutaneous manifestations of the islet cell tumour of the pancreas, the glucagonoma syndrome.

He was involved in various hospital and local medical committees, and was a founder member of the Aesculapian Society of Sheffield, a medical history group. From 1966 to 1967 he was president of the North of England Dermatological Society and, from 1985 to 1986, of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

Outside medicine, he enjoyed boating, walking and cycling. In 1945 he married Monica Jean. They had four children.

RCP editor

[BAD Newsletter, Autumn 2007]

(Volume XII, page web)

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