Lives of the fellows

David Carlyle Beatty

b.16 September 1920 d.24 August 2013
MRCS LRCP(1943) MB BS Lond(1943) MRCP(1947) MD(1952) DPhysMed(1959) FRCP(1972)

David Beatty was a consultant physician in physical medicine and rheumatology in St Albans, Welwyn Garden City and Harpenden until his retirement in 1980. He was born in London just after the First World War, the son of Cyril Carlyle Beatty [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.27], a consultant physician, and Hermine Constance Beatty née Despard. He was educated at Heath Mount School and then Shrewsbury.

He trained during the Second World War at the London Hospital and worked there as a house physician and receiving room officer in 1943 until he joined the Army as a regimental medical officer in 1944. He served in France and Germany until 1946.

He returned to England to train at the London, Brompton, Royal Free, Westminster and Middlesex hospitals. He was appointed as a consultant at St Albans and Harpenden in 1959 and, in addition, to Welwyn Garden City in 1963.

At the Middlesex Hospital he met and married Felicity Finny, who worked there as a physiotherapist. They were married for 54 years until her death in 2012 and had two children, Cynthia and Christopher.

As well as being a conscientious, kind and caring clinician, he had a wide range of interests outside medicine. He became interested in languages and opera during his time in Germany after the war. He was an excellent cook and enjoyed fine dining. He also loved art and, with Felicity, travelled to over 70 countries. He continued to travel in his eighties and nineties, being undaunted by increasing frailty. His other passion was horticulture and in Wargrave, where they lived for the last 20 years of his life, they created a beautiful and peaceful garden.

The real legacy of his life lies in his care and concern for his patients. When he retired he received wonderful tributes from his patients. They said that he had all the patience and understanding in the world, giving unstintingly of his energy, time, knowledge and wisdom. He dedicated his life to the service of his patients, doing everything and more for each and every person.

He was a true gentleman and the embodiment of a caring physician.

Cynthia Jones

(Volume XII, page web)

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