Lives of the fellows

Richard John Philip Pugh

b.16 March 1921 d.8 October 2010
MB ChB Birm(1944) MRCS LRCP(1944) DCH(1945) MRCP(1946) FRCP(1971)

Richard John Philip Pugh was a consultant paediatrician in Hull. Born in London, he was the son of John Charles Pugh, an optician and pharmacist, and his wife, Constance Marie née Moody, whose father, William, was a builder. Educated at Warwick School, he studied medicine at Birmingham University and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Birmingham. Qualifying in 1944, he did house jobs at the QEH before moving to London in 1945 to spend a year as a registrar at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street.

In 1946 he enlisted with the RAF to do his National Service and served as a squadron leader, medical specialist with the British Air Forces of Occupation for two years.

On demobilisation he was a registrar at the Hammersmith Hospital for a year before returning to Great Ormond Street to continue his training from 1949 to 1950. He then moved to Leeds where he took up a post as a lecturer in child health at the university and following this in 1957, was appointed consultant paediatrician to the Hull and Beverley Health Authorities. A member of the British Paediatric Association, he was also a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He contributed several important papers to the literature on aspects of childhood diseases such as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis.

At university he had been a member of the cricket team and, in later life, he enjoyed a round of golf. Other interests were literature, local history, photography and listening to music.

In 1946 he married Elizabeth Marcelle née Sadd, whose father, Sir Clarence Thomas Sadd was a banker and influential businessman. They had a son and three daughters. It is not known if Elizabeth survived him when he died.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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