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Biographical entry Pugh, Roger Courtenay Beckwith (1917 - 1999)

MRCS 1940; FRCS by election 1983; MB BS London 1941; MD 1948; LRCP 1940; MRCPath 1964; FRCPath 1967.

23 February 1917
Talgarth, Brecon, Wales
15 April 1999
Morbid anatomist


Pugh, Roger CouRoger Pugh, a distinguished morbid anatomist, was elected to the Fellowship of the College in 1983 on his retirement, in recognition of his many contributions to surgical pathology. He was born in Talgarth, Brecon, Wales on 23 February 1917, the son of the local doctor, Robert Pugh, who had qualified in Edinburgh, and his wife Louise Margaret née Gough. He was sent to boarding school in Kent and then to Gresham's School in Holt. His medical education was at St Mary's, London, where he qualified in 1940 and did his house jobs. He served in the RAF from 1942 to 1946 in the Mediterranean.

On demobilisation, he determined that his career would be in pathology and spent two years as a registrar at St Mary's, followed by an appointment as assistant morbid anatomist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. In 1955, he moved as consultant and senior lecturer to St Peter's Hospital and the Institute of Urology and thereafter urological pathology was to be his life's work. He wrote or contributed to a long series of papers on the subject and became well known on the lecture circuit both here and in the USA. His work was recognised by the award of the St Peter's medal of the British Association of Urological Surgeons in 1981, the Marshall medal of the Association of Clinical Pathologists in 1982 and the Cunningham medal of the International Academy of Pathology in 1993.

In 1942, he married Dorothy Cooper, with whom he enjoyed a happy family life. They had one son, Charles Robert, a medical practitioner, and one daughter, Sara Elisabeth, who became a data manager. He was a meticulously tidy person as was evident in his laboratory and his records, in his woodwork and in the immaculate garden of which he was so fond. The last years of his life were clouded by Parkinsonism, but he retained his natural cheerfulness through long and difficult times. He died on 15 April 1999.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1999 319 60].

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