Lives of the fellows

Malcolm Mencer Martin

b.10 December 1920 d.8 October 2010
MB BS Durh(1945) MD(1952) FRCP(1972)

Malcolm Mencer Martin was a professor of paediatric endocrinology at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. Born Martin Mencer in Vienna, the son of Karl Mencer, a haberdasher, and Rosa Mencer née Glaubach, the daughter of a storekeeper, he left Austria after the Anschluss in 1938, when the country was annexed by Germany. He went to the UK and attended Rutherford College in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he took his higher school certificate.

At the start of the Second World War, he was interned on the Isle of Man, and then spent a short period in the British Army in an alien pioneer company. He subsequently took British citizenship and studied medicine at King’s College, Newcastle, then part of the University of Durham. He was an outstanding student, won many prizes and qualified MB BS in 1945. He then changed his name to Malcolm Mencer Martin

He carried out house officer posts in Newcastle upon Tyne and in 1948 moved to London, to Hammersmith Hospital, where he studied diabetes using radioisotope uptake tracking equipment he had designed himself. From 1950 to 1955 he worked at King’s College Hospital and in 1956 he was a Leverhulme fellow at the Institute for Clinical Research, Middlesex Hospital.

Later in 1956 he moved to the United States on a fellowship in paediatric endocrinology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and was later a fellow in endocrinology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. In 1959 he moved to Georgetown University, where he stayed, becoming a professor of paediatric endocrinology. He received a distinguished service award from the university in 2004 and retired shortly afterwards.

At the time of his election to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1972 he listed swimming, skiing, gardening, music and theatre as his interests. He met his wife, Arline Lillian Arvick, at DC General Hospital and they were married in 1962. They had a two sons and a daughter. Malcolm Martin died after he was hit by a car while walking near his home.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2011 342 1403 – accessed 11 October 2016]

(Volume XII, page web)

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