Lives of the fellows

Stefan Morris Herber

b.24 November 1952 d.2 December 2011
MB BCh Wits(1976) MRCP(1980) PhD(1987) FRCPCH(1996) FRCP(1997)

Stefan Morris Herber was a consultant paediatrician in Grimsby. Born in South Africa, his father was Norman Hertz Herber, a businessman. His mother, Ella née Urdang, qualified in medicine and became a psychiatrist. For a time she was acting medical superintendant at Waterval Hospital and was working for the department of child health in Johannesburg when she was killed in a car accident at age 40 or 41 in 1966. After attending Marist Brothers College in Inanda, Johannesburg, he studied medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and qualified in 1976. He then worked for a while in community hospitals throughout South Africa.

On moving to the UK, he became a lecturer in paediatrics at Sheffield Childrens’ Hospital and was then appointed a consultant paediatrician to the north east Lancashire Health Authority in Grimsby. Based at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital where he was regarded by staff and patients with great affection, it was estimated that he had treated more than 20,000 children for a range of illnesses and conditions. He had great empathy for his young patients and treated their families with sympathy and kindness. The author of many scientific papers on paediatric endocrinology and other aspects of his field, he made a significant contribution to An atlas of the newborn by R D G Milner (London, Wolfe Medical, 1984).

Classical music was a passion from childhood and he taught himself to read and write music so that he could compose his own. A junior chess champion at the age of 14, other interests were computing and the cinema.

He died suddenly in his own hospital at the age of 58, after suffering a short illness, and was survived by his father and stepmother Toni, who lived in Florida.

RCP editor

[Grimsby Telegraph www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Dr-Herber-remarkable-man-forget-care-kindness/story-11533319-detail/story.html and www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Wonderful-doctor-won-t-forgotten/story-11536048-detail/story.html both accessed 8 October 2015; S A Tydskrif vir Geneeskunde 11 March 1967]

(Volume XII, page web)

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