Lives of the fellows

David Mortimer Hill

b.27 June 1934 d.2 November 2015
BA Oxon(1957) BM BCh(1960) MRCP(1963) FRCP(1977) DM

David Mortimer Hill was a consultant endocrinologist at Worcester Royal Infirmary. He was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, the only child of Arthur Sidney George Hill, a physicist, and Winifred Ethel Hill née Sampson. He was educated at Chafyn Grove Preparatory School, Eastbourne College, University College, Oxford, where he read animal physiology, and University College Hospital Medical School. He qualified in 1960.

He held junior posts in London, at University College, Hammersmith and King’s College hospitals. During this period, he spent three years as joint honorary secretary of the medical and scientific section of the British Diabetic Association.

In 1970 he was appointed as a consultant endocrinologist at Worcester Royal Infirmary, where he chaired a fundraising drive to establish a specialist diabetes centre. He was a consultant member of the district health authority for nine years and was a former chairman of the local branch of the British Medical Association. He retired from his consultant post in 1995 and from all part-time work in 2006.

He enjoyed sailing, both on the river Avon, which was at the bottom of his garden, and on a friend’s yacht based in Cornwall. At the time of his election to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1977 he listed ‘Exploring Great Britain on foot, retriever dogs and the history of Stonehenge’ as his interests.

In 1961 he married Elizabeth Anne Harding, a nurse. Sadly, she predeceased him in 2010. He was survived by their two sons and one daughter, and nine grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2016 352 288 – accessed 12 December 2017]

(Volume XII, page web)

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