Lives of the fellows

Norman Fortrey Crofts

b.5 May 1917 d.21 March 2012
BA Cantab(1939) MRCS LRCP(1942) MB BChir(1942) MRCP(1948) FRCP(1972)

Norman Fortrey Crofts was a chest physician in Canterbury, Kent. Born in Hinckley, Leicestershire, he was the son of Albert Wood Crofts, a company director and member of the pharmaceutical society and his wife, Mary Ellen née Illiffe, whose father was William Iliffe. Educated at Colet Court Preparatory School and St Paul’s, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital.

Qualifying in 1942, he was found to be unfit for military service owing to having suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis. He did house jobs at the Lambeth Hospital for three years and then became senior registrar in general medicine at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup from 1946 to 1952, during which time he also spent four months in the USA in 1949, as a research assistant in neurology at Wayne University Medical School, Detroit. Following that he was senior registrar in chest diseases at the Sidcup and Swanley group of hospitals and also worked as a clinical assistant at the Brompton Hospital.

Appointed assistant chest physician at the Medway, Gravesend and Canterbury group of hospitals in 1955, he became consultant chest physician in 1963. From 1969 onwards he was a consultant physician in the department of chest diseases at the Canterbury group of hospitals. He contributed scientific papers on topics such as familial pulmonary embolism and malignant neurilemmoma of the lung.

Among his varied interests, he enjoyed sports such as squash, skiing and golf. Other favourite pastimes were reading literature, travel, listening to music and the arts generally.

In 1945 he married Uta Clara Maria née Bihl, whose father, Joseph Konrad, was professor of German at Wayne University. They had three daughters, of whom the eldest was Jocelyn Goulder. Uta and their family survived him.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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