Lives of the fellows

Clive Henry Critchett Upjohn

b.21 September 1914 d.4 March 2011
MRCS LRCP(1939) MB BChir Cantab(1940) MRCP(1941) DCH(1948) MD(1951) FRCP(1972)

Clive Upjohn was a consultant paediatrician in the Bromley and Sidcup area. He was born in London, the son of William Moon Upjohn, a chartered accountant, and Dora Sybil Mary Critchett, the daughter of Sir George Anderson Critchett, surgeon-oculist to Edward VII and George V. Clive was at school at Eton College, before studying medicine at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Middlesex Hospital.

He held junior posts at Middlesex Hospital at the beginning of the Second World War, and then, from 1943 to 1946, served as a surgeon lieutenant in the Royal Navy.

After the war he trained as a paediatrician, holding posts at Middlesex, Great Ormond Street and Hammersmith hospitals. From 1950 to 1962 he was a senior paediatric registrar at St Helier Hospital, Carshalton. There he met and married his wife, Anna Warrander.

In 1962 he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician with sessions at Sydenham Children’s Hospital, Farnborough Hospital in Kent and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup.

Clive was a gentleman through and through, good looking, with an infectious laugh. He was a general paediatrician but developed an interest in children with recurrent abdominal pain. Later he developed the premature baby unit at Queen Mary’s Hospital. The increased workload led him to resign from his sessions at Farnborough Hospital.

Clive was dominated by his dog, Timber, who spent his days with his secretaries. His greatest joy was horse riding, at which he was really skilled. He was delighted with his retirement gift of a saddle for the horse he had bought. He continued to ride most days until he was 90. The family had moved to Northumbria on his retirement. He was survived by his wife and daughters, Melissa and Maryrose.

Patricia G Wallis

(Volume XII, page web)

<< Back to List