Obituary: Professor George Montgomery - People - News - The Independent

Obituary: Professor George Montgomery

George Lightbody Montgomery, pathologist, born 3 November 1905, Lecturer in Clinical Pathology St Andrews University 1931-37, Lecturer in Pathology of Disease in Infancy and Childhood Glasgow University 1937-48, Professor of Pathology (St Mungo (Notman) Chair) 1948-54, Professor of Pathology Edinburgh University 1954-71 (Emeritus), CBE 1960, married 1933 Margaret Forbes (one son, one daughter), died Edinburgh 5 February 1993.

A MODEST and quiet man with charm of manner, George Montgomery made major achievements in army medicine, administration of health services and the building up of pathology in the Edinburgh Medical School.

A keen Territorial, Montgomery served through the Second World War in the Royal Army Medical Corps, reaching the rank of Brigadier. Most of his service was in the Middle and Far East. In those theatres of war, malaria and dysentery, yellow fever and parasitic infections were of great importance. Montgomery organised their laboratory control; he ensured the supply of plasma and saline for battle casualties.

After the war he returned to Glasgow and was appointed in 1948 to the St Mungo (Notman) Chair of Pathology at the university and as consultant pathologist to the Royal Infirmary. Here he spent six productive years at a critical time of national health service and university development.

In 1954 he was appointed to the Chair of Pathology at Edinburgh University, a position he occupied with distinction until his retirement in 1971. His speciality was the microscopic diagnosis of disease. At that time there had occurred a rapid growth of the technique of biopsy, the removal of tissue samples from the living patient. The microscope lends precision to diagnosis and has enabled clinical specialities to expand. He saw the necessity for specialisation in diagnostic pathology and ensured this development in Edinburgh. He carried out research on heart disease and, with A. Whitley Branwood, published work on coronary artery thrombosis. During his tenure of office his department published 315 papers in journals and several books; seven of the staff moved on to professorships in other medical schools.

Outstanding tact and administrative skill led to many demands on his time. Montgomery became chairman of the Scottish Health Services Council (1954-59), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (1955- 57) and Chairman of the Edinburgh Postgraduate Board of Medicine (1966-70). He was elected vice-president of both the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. .

George Montgomery found time to write a textbook of pathology and always had the interests of undergraduates at heart. His department was run with a controlled laissez-faire which gave responsibility to his staff, who were trusted to do their best. Each year he went with his colleagues for a golf competition, where he was a cheerful host. He enjoyed many years of retirement, with his wife Margaret, whom he married in 1933.

(Photograph omitted)

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

HR Manager - London - £40,000 + bonus

£32000 - £40000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...

Talent Manager / HR Manager - central London - £50,000

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Talent / Learning & Development Mana...

HR Manager (standalone) - London

Up to £40,000: Ashdown Group: Standalone HR Manager role for an SME business b...

HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350-£400

£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350 - £400 per ...

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week