Geoffrey Michael AberBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4054 (Published 23 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4054
- John Howel Jones
Geoffrey Michael Aber was one of identical twins, both consultant physicians. A keen sportsman, he represented Leeds University when a student, and the army in Singapore, where he spent his national service as a junior specialist in medicine at the British military hospital.
On leaving the army he worked in junior posts at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, and the Brompton Hospital. He returned to Birmingham to the department of medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the department of experimental pathology of the University of Birmingham, and he also spent a year at McGill University in Canada. For part of his time at Birmingham he was a Wellcome Foundation senior research fellow. His research, focused on renal disease, resulted in an MD with distinction from the University of Leeds and a PhD from the University of Birmingham.
In 1965 he was appointed consultant physician in renal medicine to the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, where he spent the remainder of his working life. In Stoke on Trent, he built up a renal unit that served a population of 1.5 million. As well as his clinical responsibilities he led a productive team of medical graduates and science graduates, carrying out research on renal disease, particularly in pregnancy.
In 1982 he was appointed professor of renal medicine and head of the department of postgraduate medicine of Keele University and, later, dean of the school of postgraduate medicine.
He never left anybody in doubt about his opinions, and the large number of national and regional committees on which he served were a reflection of the value put on his plain speaking. He expected his own high standards to be followed by those who worked with him, but his teaching and his loyalty to junior staff made posts in his unit very sought after.
He retired in 1993 and later moved to Harrogate where he enjoyed golf, photography, and his car. He leaves his wife, Ellie; a daughter; a son; and four grandchildren.
Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4054
Former consultant physician North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary (b 1928; q Leeds 1952; FRCP, PhD, MD), d 15 March 2014