Lives of the fellows

Solomon Cecil Shore

b.8 September 1909 d.16 March 1991
BA Cape Town(1929) MRCS LRCP(1932) MRCP(1937) FRCP(1974)

Solomon Cecil Shore (‘Lorn’) was a distinguished South African paediatrician. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1929 and travelled to the UK. He did a year’s training at Guy’s Hospital in London and passed the conjoint examination in 1932. Five years later he obtained the MRCP.

During the Second World War he joined up as a physician specialist, reaching the rank of major. In 1941 he was serving in the Middle East but he was repatriated to South Africa after his younger brother, Bertie, had been killed in the region. Towards the end of the war he was posted to the Wynberg Military Hospital.

When he was demobilised he became a senior part-time paediatrician to the Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCWMCH) and the Woodstock Hospital. He also lectured part-time at the University of Cape Town and occasionally also lectured on the nursing courses. In 1968 he was appointed head of the allergy service at both GSH and the RCWMCH. Alongside his hospital and academic work he managed to run a busy private practice. He retired in 1985.

Throughout his career he published numerous articles, and initiated and conducted much research, particularly in allergy. He wrote a seminal textbook, The newborn child/Die pasgebore baba. As well as his child patients all over southern Africa, he often travelled much further afield to conferences and seminars.

At school he had been a keen rugby player and continued to play for his university and Guy’s. An enthusiastic golfer, he also took up clinical photography and thoroughly enjoyed foreign travel.

He was married to Florence Hannah(‘Lolly’) née Fig, who was the daughter of Max Fig and Rose née Katz. They had two children, Merle and Jonathan. When he died, Lolly and their children survived him.

RCP editor

[SAMJ 1991 80 63 – accessed 26 March 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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