b.24 June 1953 d.26 September 2010
BA Oxon(1974) BM BCh(1977) MRCP(1979) FRCP(1995)
Nigel Richard Steel was a consultant in geriatric medicine in Hull. Born in Scarborough, he was the son of Alan, an engineer with British Telecommunications and his wife, Mildred Irene, who was a clerical officer. Educated at Scarborough College, he won a scholarship to Hertford College, Oxford and studied medicine there and at the Radcliffe Infirmary (RI).
Qualifying in 1977, he did house jobs at the RI before moving north to work for the Cleveland Area in the general medicine rotation. Following this he was a registrar in general medicine at North Tees General Hospital from 1979 to 1981, and then a Medical Research Council training fellow at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He started to specialise in endocrinology but he then became interested in the problems of the elderly and switched to geriatrics.
In 1985 he became a senior registrar in geriatrics and general medicine at Hull Royal Infirmary, and three years later, was appointed a consultant in geriatric medicine at Kingston General Hospital in Hull. Such was his enthusiasm for, and engagement with, postgraduate medical training that he immediately got involved in local and regional initiatives, eventually becoming director of postgraduate medical education. Instrumental in the success of the East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire foundation school, he also made a significant contribution to the local e-training programme and the creation of a new clinical skills facility.
He jointly published several important papers in immunology and endocrinology, especially dealing with problems of the thyroid gland.
Walking, swimming and badminton were favourite activities. He also enjoyed gardening and was a real ale enthusiast. A Freemason, he rose to hold a high rank in the society.
In 1981 he married Brenda, who was a nurse. She predeceased him on 30 June 2009 and when he died from dissection of the ascending aorta, he was survived by their children, Alison and Richard.
[BMJ 2011 342 319 www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d319 - accessed 13 June 2015]
(Volume XII, page web)
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