Lives of the fellows

David Laurie Caldwell

b.10 March 1914 d.7 March 2009
BA Cantab(1936) MB BChir(1939) MRCP(1941) FRCP(1970)

David Laurie Caldwell was a consultant chest physician on Merseyside. He was born in Trom, Ayreshire, Scotland, the son of an accountant, John Caldwell, and his wife, Elizabeth McLaren née Laurie, whose father, David, was an engineer. After attending St Paul’s School, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and the London Hospital, qualifying in 1939. After early appointments at the London Hospital he moved to the London Chest Hospital where he began to specialise in thoracic complaints.

He served in the RAF in the mid-1940s working in a mobile field hospital from 1943 to 1945 and a chest unit in Kirkham from 1946 to 1947. Following this he moved to Blackpool as a chest physician and was appointed consultant chest physician to the North Wirral and Birkenhead Area in 1950. He was also consultant chest physician to Unilever Merseyside Ltd. Using this latter experience, he published an article on ‘Routine chest chest x-rays in industry’ (Trans Assn Ind Med Offs, 1959, 9, 76) and also published on the subject of chronic pleurisy. He was member of the British Thoracic and Tuberculosis Association and the Thoracic Society.

Serving as a town councillor and as a lay reader in his local church gave him little time for other activities – particularly, as he commented, in view of his large family – but he enjoyed gardening and photography.

In 1942 he married Ann Gilliam Buckley whose father, Thomas Buckley Deakin, was a schoolmaster. They had three sons (the eldest was called Peter) and five daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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