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Biographical entry Scott, Rupert Strathmore (1887 - 1963)

MRCS 8 May 1913; FRCS 14 June 1923; MB BCh Cambridge 1920; LRCP 1913.

28 September 1963
Ophthalmic surgeon


Born in Australia in 1887 he completed his education in England by going up to Caius College, Cambridge and, then, for his clinical training to St Bartholomew's Hospital where he qualified with the Conjoint Diploma in 1913 and held a house appointment as resident anaesthetist.

On the outbreak of war in 1914 he joined the RAMC and served continuously throughout the war with the BEF in France, mainly with field ambulances. Returning to St Bartholomew's in 1919 he was appointed house surgeon to the eye department and from 1923 until 1926 was chief assistant in the eye department and a demonstrator of anatomy. In 1924 he was appointed pathologist to Moorfields Eye Hospital, in 1926 assistant surgeon in the eye department at St Bartholomew's, and in 1928 assistant surgeon at Moorfields. Becoming senior in the eye department at St Bartholomew's on the retirement of Foster Moore in 1937, he lived in the hospital throughout the period of the blitz during the war of 1939-45 displaying characteristic courage.

A strikingly handsome man with great charm of manner, he was at the same time modest and of sincere religious conviction. A careful and sound operator, he was a kind and stimulating mentor to his house surgeons and students. In the later years of his life he bore physical adversity with stoicism but never recovered from an accident he sustained in crossing the Square at St Bartholomew's.

He died on 28 September 1963 in St Bartholomew's Hospital aged 76 survived by his wife. A memorial service was held at St Bartholomew's-the-Less on 22 November 1963 when the lesson was read by H B Stallard representing the College and the address was given by Dr John Hunt.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 30 September 1963, 17 October p 18 c by H B Stallard, and 23 November memorial service; Brit med J 1963, 2, 1002 and p 1138 by D W Hill; Lancet 1963, 2, 792; Brit J Ophthal 1963, 47, 768].

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