Lives of the fellows

Carlyle Wilhelm Ernst Smith

b.14 July 1934 d.28 October 2010
MB BS Ceylon(1958) MRCP(1968) FRCP(1981) JP(1975)

Carlyle Wilhelm Ernst Smith was a consultant physician in geriatric medicine in the Thanet and Canterbury region, Kent. Born in Sri Lanka, he was the son of William August Carlyle Smith, a surveyor. His mother’s brother, A H Ernst, was a medical practitioner who served as a captain in the RAMC in the First World War. Smith was educated at St Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka and studied medicine at the University of Colombo Medical School and the Colombo General Hospital.

After qualifying in 1958, he came to the UK and did various house jobs and registrar posts at Kent and Canterbury Hospital (KCH) and Croydon General Hospital. In 1969 he was appointed a consultant chest physician at the KCH and, the following year, consultant physician in geriatric medicine to the Canterbury and Thanet Health District.

A member of the British Geriatric Society and the British Medical Association, he published papers on, among others, immunisation against influenza in the elderly and the care of young chronic sick and disabled.

As a student, he represented his university in hockey, athletics, swimming and netball. In later life he greatly enjoyed photography and travel.

In 1959 he married Sheila June née deKretser, whose father, Walwin Harold, was a business executive. They had three daughters. When he died, Sheila survived him but was, by then, in a nursing home. He was also survived by their daughters, Beverly Cooper (his second child) and two other girls.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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