Lives of the fellows

Leo Solomon Antonoff Lewis

b.13 August 1915 d.2009?
BMedSc New Zealand(1935) MB ChB(1938) MD(1949) MRACP(1949) MRCP(1949) FRACP(1958) FRCP(1972)

Leo Solomon Antonoff Lewis was a physician at Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania. Born in Wanganui, New Zealand, he was the son of Isaac Antinoff, a journalist, and his wife, Rachel. She was also his first cousin, whose parents had died in Russia. Isaac died when Lewis was four years old and his mother married David Lewis, a clothier. After attending Wellington College and Rongotai College in Wellington, where he was dux of the school, he studied medicine at Victoria University of Wellington, Otago University and Dunedin Hospital. After passing his BMedSc in 1938, he became a demonstrator in physiology at Otago University Medical School and, in 1939, junior lecturer in physiology. From 1940 to 1941, he was house surgeon and physician to the Rotorua and Nelson Hospitals.

In 1942 he was turned down for military service due to his poor eyesight and spent two years lecturing to various groups of military medical personnel on the medical aspects of chemical warfare. On being posted to Italy in 1944, he worked at a field hospital and somehow managed to participate in front line service with various medical units.

Demobilised in 1946, he became a junior registrar at Dunedin Hospital and Otago University Medical School. For the next 20 years he combined ever more senior positions at the hospital and medical school with a busy private practice which he established in 1951. On moving to Australia in 1967, he became a consultant physician at the Launceston General Hospital in Tasmania and a member of the faculty of medicine of the University of Tasmania.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed photography and touring the country by car.

In 1941 he married Margaret Olive née Brown whose father, Robert Stenhouse Brown, was a farmer. They had one daughter. When he died, thought to be in 2009, he was living in a retirement village in Dunedin, New Zealand.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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