Reginald Arthur Shooter

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 24 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1241
  1. Anthea Roe, Matthew Roe

A leading figure in the story of the last days of the fight against smallpox, Professor Reggie Shooter, CBE, MA, MD, FRCP, FRCPath, has sadly passed away aged 97.

Reginald Arthur Shooter (“Reggie”) was the son of Rev A E Shooter, a Methodist minister, and Mabel Pinniger, the daughter of a successful Exeter businessman. His mother’s two younger brothers had both been studying medicine, but they had to cut short their studies to join the army in 1914. During the course of the conflict, both lost their lives, which lead Reggie’s grandfather to adopt him as one of his own. He paid for his education at Peterborough Lodge and Mill Hill, and he was no doubt influential in Reggie’s decision to read medicine.

A distinguished medical scientist, teacher, and academic, Reggie Shooter was educated at Mill Hill School, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and then at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, London. Cricket was a major passion, and he played in the first team at prep and public schools and at Devon Colts. This was something he continued to do whilst studying at Cambridge.

He qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School (Bart’s), one week before the Blitz started in June. For the next 12 months, in the position of house surgeon, Reggie …

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