Lives of the fellows

Keith Samuel Millingen

b.5 August 1922 d.30 September 1994
OAM(1993) MB BS Sydney(1945) MRCP Edin(1949) MRCP(1950) MRACP (1952) FRACP(1965) FRCP Edin(1968) FRCP(1977)

Among Keith Samuel Millingen’s many achievements was the establishment of the medical school in Tasmania. He waged a relentless struggle over many years and such was his commitment to the training of young doctors in Tasmania and the future of the medical school that in 1973 he sacrificed his private practice to join the foundation professor of medicine, the late Albert Baikie, to ensure that the new venture was a success.

He was born in Brisbane, Queensland, educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School, and studied medicine at Sydney University, later undertaking two years postgraduate training in the UK, from 1950 to 1952. During his time in Britain he obtained his membership of the College and of the Australasian College, returning to Hobart, Tasmania. He chose neurology as his specialty and soon became renowned for his superb talents as a doctor. He was an outstanding clinical teacher, recognized in 1982 by his academic promotion to reader in medicine on the grounds of excellence in teaching. He was also a gifted lecturer. No one made a greater contribution to the medical school than Millingen and there is no man to whom the students owe a greater debt. He was secretary of the state committee of the Royal Australasian College from 1962 to 1968, when he was elected a fellow. This was followed by his election to the Edinburgh and London Royal Colleges. He retired in 1987, but continued to work as a locum visiting neurologist to the Royal Hobart Hospital, and as an honorary clinical lecturer. He was awarded the OAM for his services to neurology in Tasmania.

He died suddenly from cancer, leaving behind his wife Eileen and three daughters - Prue, Felicity and Samantha.

G W Boyd

(Volume X, page 340)

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