Lives of the fellows

David Percy Nicholson

b.18 September 1921 d.28 December 2012
MB BS Lond(1945) MRCP(1946) MD(1947) FRCPC(1968) FACP(1970) FRCP(1972)

David Percy Nicholson was a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA. Born in New York to British parents, he was the son of Percy Mervin Nicholson, a company director, and his wife, Jane Winifred née Morris, whose father William was a sergeant major in the Army. After attending St Martin’s Preparatory School in Northwood, Middlesex and Bradfield College in Berkshire, he studied medicine at London University and Guy’s Hospital where he won the Golding Bird medal and the Leonard Lubbock prize.

Qualifying in 1945, he did house jobs at Guy’s and then at the Brompton Hospital in 1946. From 1946 to 1947 he was a registrar at the Empire Research Council and the West London Hospital and then moved to Farnborough Hospital as a registrar in paediatrics. He emigrated to Canada in 1958 and then returned to the USA in 1962 and joined the faculty at the Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas as an assistant, and then associate, professor. In 1972 he was appointed professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky at Lexington and after that he moved to Dayton, Ohio as a consultant at the Wright State University School of Medicine. In 1978 he joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas and stayed there until he retired in 1996. He was also a consultant with the American Home Energy Consultants who were based in Little Rock.

He published papers on pulmonary diseases and functions and made a particular study of the lung disease Bagasse workers suffer when processing sugar cane – ‘Bagasse worker’s lung’ (Am Rev Resp Dis 1968 99 73).

Playing tennis and golf were two of his enthusiasms, and he also enjoyed attending the Opera and listening to music.

In 1955 he married Elizabeth Ann Dickie whose father, Ronald Stevenson Dickie was a colonel in the RAMC. She survived him when he died, together with their son and daughter.

RCP editor

[Reubel Funeral Home – accessed 23 November 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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