Lives of the fellows

Arthur Charles Atkin Coombes

b.22 June 1920 d.18 May 2008
MB Otago(1943) MRCP(1951) MRCP Edin(1951) FRCP Edin(1975) FRCP(1976) FRACP

Arthur Charles Atkin Coombes was a consultant physician in Takapuna, New Zealand. Born in Hamilton, he became an outstanding student and sportsman at the University of Otago. Qualifying in 1943, he did a final year in Auckland and gained much valuable experience as many junior doctors were away in the Second World War. After house jobs he spent some time in general practice.

On travelling to the UK, he obtained the MRCP of the Edinburgh College of Physicians and of the RCP. He worked at the National Heart Hospital, the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children and the Hammersmith Hospital.

When he returned to New Zealand, he resumed general practice in Takapuna and also joined the staff of the Green Lane Hospital and the Naval Hospital, Devonport. At the North Shore Hospital, he was appointed a senior physician on a part-time basis. President of the New Zealand Medical Association, he was also a keen Rotarian (Paul Harris Fellow), a governor of Takapuna Grammar School and the first director of the Accident Compensation Commission in Auckland, a post he held for 18 months.

An active man he enjoyed tennis, sailing, shooting and fishing.

He married Odine and they had five daughters. His wife died in 1990, and some time later he married a friend, Beth Yarnton, who was a widow. When he died, 17 years after their marriage, Beth survived him together with their children and grandchildren.

RCP editor

[Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh www.rcpe.ac.uk /fellows_and _members/2008/2008-july-obits.php - accessed 1 October 2008]

(Volume XII, page web)

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