Lives of the fellows

Stephen James Robert Macoun

b.17 January 1917 d.2 August 2011
BA Cantab(1938) MB BChir(1942) MRCS LRCP(1942) MRCP(1943) FRCP(1970) FRCPCH(1997)

Stephen James Robert Macoun was a consultant paediatrician in the south west Thames area. He was born in Nanking, China, where his father, John Horatio Macoun, worked as a commissioner of maritime customs for the Chinese government. His mother, Isobel Mary née McMullan, was the daughter of a linen merchant. The family returned to the UK in the early twenties. After Stowe School, Stephen spent six months near Munich, where he met Hitler, but was not impressed. At Cambridge he studied medicine, and then went on to St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in London, where he contracted tuberculosis.

He spent most of the Second World War at St Thomas’, as a casualty officer and house physician, senior house physician and resident anaesthetist, and then as a resident assistant physician.

From 1946 to 1948, he carried out his National Service in Vienna, where he looked after victims of the extremist Zionist group, the Stern Gang, amongst others.

Back in London, he trained in paediatrics at Great Ormond Street Hospital. In 1950 he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician at St Luke’s Hospital in Guildford and worked there for 30 years. His premature baby unit became well-known. He was medical coordinator for the area for many years and spent much of his time fundraising for the Invalid Children’s Aid Association (ICAA).

Stephen and his wife Marigold (née Horsfall), whom he married in 1944, retired to Brighton, where he enjoyed painting and gardening, but his real love was sailing. He made many trips around the British Isles in the company of his brother-in-law Cecil Barclay.

Stephen had a long and fulfilled life with the use of one lung. He suffered a serious operation for the removal of six ribs, but survived to the great age of 94. He was a modest and kindly man, loved by all and full of old world charm and wit. His wife predeceased him in 2007. He was survived by three children and five grandchildren.

Nicola Willoughby

(Volume XII, page web)

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