Mark Akim Erooga

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3600
  1. Marcus Erooga

    Born and educated in a Russian community in Harbin, Manchuria, Mark Akim Erooga travelled in 1934 to Hong Kong University, where he studied medicine. After qualifying, he practised in Hong Kong, where he was captured in 1941 during the Japanese occupation; he was interned for the remainder of the war in Stanley Camp, where he was responsible for the tuberculosis clinic.

    After the war he travelled to England in 1945. In 1947 he became a locum at Clare Hall Hospital, South Mimms, where he met Shirley, the medical superintendent’s secretary. They married in 1950 and were together for 50 years.

    He was appointed consultant at St Mary’s Hospital in Luton, and, though he retired from that post in 1984, he continued working into his 70s for the Pneumoconiosis Board and the Health and Safety Executive.

    After finally retiring, he maintained a keen interest in his subject by reading the BMJ and the British Journal of Chest Diseases.

    Predeceased by Shirley in 2000, he leaves one son, who may yet complete a PhD and fulfil his father’s wish for another doctor in the family.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3600


    • Former consultant chest physician Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Luton (b 1915; q Hong Kong 1939), died at home peacefully in his sleep on 27 May 2010.

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