Lives of the fellows

Montague Joshua Goldberg

b.5 November 1924 d.28 September 2009
MB BCh Wits(1948) Dip Med(1956) MRCP(1964) FRCP(1972)

Montague Joshua (‘Monty’) Goldberg was a consultant cardiologist in Leicester. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was the son of Louis, a company director, and his wife Minnie née Shippel, whose father Harold was a cabinet maker. Educated at King Edward VII Grammar School in Johannesburg, he studied medicine at Witwatersrand University and the Johannesburg General Hospital (JGH).

He qualified in 1948 and did house jobs at the JGH for two years before entering general practice. In1954 he became a registrar at his previous hospital and tutorial medical registrar to the department of medicine, University of Witwatersrand two years later. In 1959 he came to the UK and was appointed a senior medical registrar in the department of cardiology at the Middlesex Hospital. Six years later, in 1965, he became a consultant cardiologist at the Leicester regional cardiothoracic unit at Groby Road Hospital in Leicester and at the Derby and Northampton City hospitals.

In the mid 1960s he was responsible for developing and expanding the cardiac unit, which then became a major UK centre. An excellent clinician in both adult and paediatric cardiology, he had a huge capacity for work and published several scientific papers on topics such as typhoid fever and disorders of the heart. It was partly due to his efforts that the medical school in Leicester flourished as it did. He was a member of the British Cardiac Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Outside of medicine, he enjoyed painting, music, ornithology, archaeology and fishing.

In 1960 he married Daphne Margaret née Clark, whose father, Ernest George, was an electrical engineer. They had three sons. His last years were marred by a degenerative neurological condition and depression. Daphne had predeceased him when he died of diffuse cerebrovascular disease, and he was survived by their sons and six grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2009 339 4151 - accessed 12 March 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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