Lives of the fellows

Norman Peters

b.10 October 1934 d.9 December 2007
MB BS Lond(1958) MRCS LRCP(1958) MRCP(1963) FRCP(1977)

Norman Peters was a consultant physician for 24 years at Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex. He had a special interest in diabetes. The son of Jack Jacob Peters, a hairdresser, he lived in Edgware until he was evacuated to Syston during the Blitz. He returned to Edgware after a year, but was then evacuated again to Worksop. Despite these interruptions in his early education, he did very well at school and his secondary education was at Christ’s College, Finchley, where he excelled at his academic work and at sports, being in the school cricket and football teams.

He entered King’s College London in 1952, before continuing his clinical studies at St George’s Hospital, where he qualified in 1958. He was pre-registration house physician under Sir Kenneth Robson [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.503] at St George’s and later he went to the USA as resident at the New York Medical College to gain more experience in cardiology and endocrinology.

After he returned to England he was registrar to J G Scadding [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.501] at the Brompton Hospital and later worked at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in gastroenterology.

Norman was appointed consultant physician at Chase Farm Hospital in 1970. Soon after his arrival he saw the need for a dedicated coronary care unit, which he was instrumental in setting up. His research interests were in endocrinology, particularly diabetes and parathyroid disease. For many years he was clinical tutor and was active in finding speakers for the postgraduate medical centre. He fought hard to set up the Enfield diabetes clinic and succeeded in this shortly before he retired in 1994. He continued in private practice for a further five years at the North London Nuffield Hospital, of which he was one of the founders.

He was held in great respect by his colleagues and his patients for whom he was always available. As clinical tutor he was well liked by the junior staff and GPs. Norman and his wife Irene regularly entertained his trainees.

His sporting interests continued after leaving school when he continued to play football in the Eagles team which consisted of his school and college contemporaries. He was a keen supporter of Chelsea football club all his life. He also played squash for many years and after retiring he took up golf for which he showed great aptitude. His non-sporting interests included philately, bridge and collecting pottery.

He is survived by Irene whom he married in 1970 and by two sons David and Jonathan and a granddaughter.

Martin Stanton

(Volume XII, page web)

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