Lives of the fellows

Alan George Seymour Hill

b.22 October 1916 d.1 January 2008
MC (1945) MB ChB Edin(1939) MRCP Edin(1947) FRCP Edin(1953) MRCP(1966) FRCP(1971)

Alan George Seymour Hill was a consultant physician at the rheumatic diseases research centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury. He was born in Ulverston, Lancashire, the son of George Frederick Seymour Hill, an excise officer, and his wife Edith Eleanor, the daughter of a farmer, Thomas Walker. He was educated at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh and studied medicine at Edinburgh University and the Royal Infirmary. After qualification in 1939, he did house jobs at the Infirmary before joining the RAMC in 1940.

His first posting was to the Shetland Islands as area medical officer, before he became regimental medical officer and served in the UK and Western Europe. After a time as trainee physician in hospitals in Germany and Egypt, he was demobilised in 1946, with the rank of captain and the military cross.

He returned to Edinburgh and the same department at the Infirmary, and then spent a year as a Nuffield fellow. After a further year in research, he joined the staff of Stoke Mandeville Hospital as consultant physician in rheumatology in 1952. He remained there for many years, becoming director of the Oxford regional rheumatic diseases research centre based at the hospital. Publishing several articles in his field, he contributed a chapter ‘Differential diagnosis of rheumatism’ to Copeman, W S L (ed) Textbook of the rheumatic diseases (London, Livingstone, 1964) and he also edited Modern trends in rheumatology (London, Butterworths, Vol.1 1966, Vol.2 1971).

In 1948, he married Hilary Frances, the daughter of Henry Fleming Hamilton, a medical practitioner, and they had two sons. He was the brother-in-law of Sir Melville Arnott [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.29].

He was a member of the Heberden Society (now the British Society for Rheumatology) and the American Rheumatism Association. Favourite activities were sailing, gardening, and reading. When he died, he was survived by Hilary, their son, Peter, and grandchildren, Alan, Jamie and Eilidh. His son Robert predeceased him.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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