Lives of the fellows

Cedric Culy Harvey

b.21 September 1907 d.19 October 1968
BSc Wales(1927) MRCS LRCP(1929) MB BS Lond(1933) MD(1936) MRCP(1936) FRSE(1938) FRCP(1968)

Cedric Harvey was born in Northampton. His father, John Culy Harvey, was an architect practising in Cardiff, and his mother, Mirian, née Buckley, had been a nurse. He was a delicate child and his family doctor said that his parents would not be able to rear him. At school he was notably bright and quick of understanding, perhaps a little intolerant and quarrelsome, but a born leader. His career at school and university was distinguished.

At Cardiff High School he won at least one prize every year, and at the Welsh National School of Medicine he was awarded the Dr Price prize and the Alfred Sheen prize for anatomy and physiology. The finals could not be taken in Cardiff, so he took the London examination and gained Honours and Distinction in midwifery.

At Cardiff he was leader of the Cardiff Students’ Evangelical Union. In his early days as a doctor he organised camps for boys who had had tuberculosis, and displayed great organising ability, with meticulous care for detail. At Sheffield he played an important part in the teaching of medical students, and was able to tell them about important aspects of child health, as opposed to disease, because of his unique appointment to the County Council in addition to his post as consultant paediatrician in the Rotherham area.

As a person Cedric Harvey set the highest example as a practising Christian. He was always kind, always polite, never angry or bad tempered, and never said an unkind word about anyone. He was magnificent in his way of getting things done by a personal approach. He was meticulously careful always to discuss any matter with the person concerned, so that he apparently never offended or annoyed anyone. His pleasant personality, his sense of humour, his charm of manner delighted everyone with whom he worked. He was a well known and popular member of the British Paediatric Association, and was largely responsible for the magnificent collection of ‘candid camera’ photographs of famous personalities who attended the meetings of the Association, for he was a fine photographer, not only in portrait work but in landscape - notably in the West of Scotland where he spent so many holidays camping and walking.

In 1940 he married Elizabeth Margaret Hollands, a practising doctor, who survived him. There were five children of the marriage - two girls and three boys, all of whom took up medicine.

RS Illingworth
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme

[Brit.med.J., 1968, 4, 332]

(Volume VI, page 227)

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