David Flett SmithBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39062.511574.FA (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1274
- Roger P S Smith
David Flett Smith hailed from a close knit Moray Firth fishing village. After qualifying and junior posts in Warrington and Bedford, he volunteered for naval war service, which included secondment during the Normandy invasion. On demobilisation, following further training at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, he was appointed as a single handed consultant. His untiring service included inaugural sessions with the Newcastle Flying Squad, often travelling on a wintry nights to far flung northern homes. David's teaching sentiments were fondly remembered by his trainees, many of whom continued to send well wishing missives until the end. Much of his retirement was spent with his music, his garden, and his family, who always valued his wise counsel. He leaves a paediatrician son, a daughter, and an ophthalmologist son.
Former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Gateshead group of hospitals (b 1912, q Aberdeen 1935; FRCS, FRCOG), died peacefully from old age on 4 October 2006.