Lives of the fellows

Alan Ivor Suchett-Kaye

b.7 January 1914 d.16 February 2012
MD Paris(1939) MRCP(1950) FRCP(1971)

Alan Ivor Suchett-Kaye was a consultant physician in geriatric medicine at St Mary’s and Charing Cross hospitals. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, the son of Solomon Wiktor Suchecki, an industrialist, and Rachela Barbara Suchecki née Szwarcenberg, the daughter of a landowner. After schooling at a French lycée, he studied medicine at the University of Paris, qualifying MD on 3 September 1939, just as the Second World War was beginning.

In June 1940 he made his way to England. He was a house physician and then a resident medical officer at St Andrew’s Hospital, Bow, in the East End of London, until August 1944. He then joined St Charles Hospital, west London, as a resident medical officer, a senior medical registrar and then an assistant general physician. During this period he gained his MRCP, in 1950.

In 1959 he was appointed as a consultant physician in geriatric medicine at the St Mary’s group of hospitals, Paddington, where he founded the department of geriatrics. He was also an honorary senior lecturer at the Postgraduate Medical School of London, Hammersmith.

From 1980 to 1984 he was a visiting professor in Memphis, Tennessee, a joint appointment in the department of community medicine and the department of medicine at the University of Tennessee. While in Memphis he was medical adviser to the Association for the Study of Alzheimer’s Disease.

He returned to the UK as a locum consultant geriatrician in Norfolk. In 1985 he helped found the Université Libre de la Côte d’Azur, where he was professor and associate dean of the section of medicine until 1987. He then moved to Canada, where he was acting consultant geriatrician and head of the department of geriatrics at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital, Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

He finally retired at the age of 75 and went to live in Villefranche-sur-mer in the south of France, half way between Nice and Monaco.

He was married twice. His first wife was Beryl White, a consultant anaesthetist, who died after 10 years of marriage. They had four sons, Charles, Robert, Richard and George. His second wife was Violette Fernande Anna Codeghini, whom he married in 1962. They had a son, Martin.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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