Lives of the fellows

Derrick Foskett

b.18 August 1914 d.30 November 2007
BA Cantab MB BChir(1938) MRCP(1948) FRCP(1969)

Derrick Foskett was a consultant chest physician in Reading. He was born in Ootacamund, India, the son of Samuel Foskett, a medical missionary who later became a general practitioner in Yorkshire, and Lilian Florence Foskett née Clay, the daughter of a clergyman. Foskett was educated at Haileybury and then went on to Selwyn College, Cambridge, and St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1938.

He was a house physician and then a house surgeon at Harrogate General Hospital from 1938 to 1939. During the Second World War he served in the RAMC. He was a prisoner of war from 1942 to 1945: he was captured during his first patrol in the desert, escaped and spent five months living in Italy, before being retaken by German troops. At the end of the war, he helped distribute Red Cross food parcels in the German countryside.

Following his dembolisation, with the rank of major, he was a house physician and then a registrar at Oldchurch Hospital, Romford. From 1948 to 1951 he was a senior registrar at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. In 1952 he was appointed as a consultant chest physician to the Reading Hospital Group. He was also a senior adviser to the World Health Organization, and wrote a series of reports on tuberculosis.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed shooting, fishing, ornithology and gardening.

In 1949 he married Joan Mary Lightburn. They had a son (Richard), two daughters (Julia and Lucinda), and three grandchildren.

RCP editor

[The Telegraph1 February 2008 – accessed 24 June 2014; BMJ 2008 336 1197]

(Volume XII, page web)

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