Lives of the fellows

Kee Jin Lim

b.24 February 1923 d.3 December 2015
MB BS Malaya(1952) FRCP(1973)

Kee Jin Lim was a senior consultant physician at the General Hospital, Johor Baru, Malaysia. He was born in Penang, Malaysia, the son of Keong Lay Lim, a businessman, and Tee Neoh Lim née Low. He was educated at Hutchings’ School, Penang, and then Penang Free School. From 1941 to 1942, he was a student member of the Medical Auxiliary Service in Singapore.

He studied medicine at the University of Malaya in Singapore and qualified in 1952 with distinctions in biology, anatomy, bacteriology, pathology, medical jurisprudence and public health, and the Bailey memorial prize and Gibb’s gold medal.

He was a house physician, a senior house officer and then a medical registrar at the General Hospital, Penang. In 1956, he went to the UK, to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he was attached to Derrick Dunlop’s [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.170] unit.

In 1958 he was appointed as a consultant physician at the General Hospital, Johor Baru, and in 1969 became a senior consultant physician at the same hospital. He was interested in medical education and founded and was chairman of the postgraduate medical centre at the General Hospital, the first in Malaysia.

He wrote papers on diverse topics, including coronary heart disease in young men, snake bites, acute transverse myelitis, nephrotic syndrome and motor neurone disease in young adults. He was a member of the editorial board of the Malaysian Medical Journal from 1964 and editor in chief of the Malaysian Medical Association Newsletter from 1969.

He was president of the Association of Physicians of Malaysia (from 1964 to 1965), assistant master of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (from 1965 to 1966), a member of the National Health Council of Malaysia and of the Malayan Medical Council (1960 to 1966). From 1969 to 1970 he was president of the Malaysian Medical Association.

He received a number of national honours and awards, including the Sultan Ibrahim medal (in 1960), the Knight of the Most Distinguished Order of the Defender of the Realm (in 1966), the Companion of the Most Honourable Order of Johor (in 1965) and the Commander of the Most Honourable Order of Johor (in 1972).

Outside medicine, he enjoyed wood sculpture, painting, pottery, horticulture and music. In 1954, he married Patricia Pui Huen Wong. They had three sons.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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