Lives of the fellows

Gunter Holti

b.27 March 1919 d.21 September 2007
MB ChB Leeds(1952) MD(1955) MRCP(1964) FRCP(1974)

Gunter Holti was a consultant physician in the department of dermatology in Newcastle upon Tyne and an honorary lecturer at the University of Newcastle. He was born in Bern, Switzerland, the son of Berthold Holti, a distiller, and Felicia Holti née Courant, the daughter of a farmer. He was educated at a local Swiss German primary school, and then at the state-run gymnasium in Hirschberg, Germany.

He began studying medicine at the University of Prague, but interrupted his studies to serve in the British Army during the Second World War. From 1940 to 1944 he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Middle East, and then, from 1944 to 1948, as an infantry officer in the Middle East, Italy and in the British Army of the Rhine.

After the war, he went to the University of Leeds to continue his medical studies. He was a house physician in general medicine and dermatology in Leeds from 1952 to 1953. He then worked at the Medical Research Council in Birmingham with John Squire [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VI, p.412] in dermatology and Phillip Gell in immunology, and was also an honorary registrar in general medicine and dermatology at the United Birmingham Hospitals. In 1959 he was appointed to his consultant dermatologist post at Newcastle upon Tyne, and remained there until his retirement in 1984. After he retired he continued to undertake medico-legal work.

He was a member of the Medical Appeals Tribunal for the Department of Health and Social Security and a past president, and honorary member, of the British Microcirculation Society.

He wrote widely on dermatological subjects, including, among other topics, articles on psoriasis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, scleroderma and steroid therapy.

Outside medicine, he listed his hobbies as skiing, climbing in the Alps, motoring on the Continent, and classical music and opera.

He married Gillian Angela Zoë Elmer, the daughter of a medical practitioner. They had a son and two daughters, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He died from leukaemia.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2008 336 223]

(Volume XII, page web)

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