David Mortimer Hill

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 18 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i288
  1. David Mortimer Hill, David Jennings

David Mortimer Hill was born in Salisbury, the only child of Arthur and Winifred Hill. He attended Chafyn Grove preparatory school, Eastbourne College, and University College Oxford. He read natural sciences at the start of his medical training, and was awarded an internal exhibition there in 1955. He moved to University College Hospital Medical School in1957 with an entrance exhibition.

David married Elizabeth, a nurse, in 1961, and they had three children between 1962 and 1967, while David was continuing his training in endocrinology, mainly at Hammersmith Hospital and King’s College Hospital. During this time he spent three years as joint honorary secretary of the medical and scientific section of the BDA.

In 1970 he was appointed as consultant physician and endocrinologist to Worcester Royal Infirmary, with the expectation that a new hospital would be built within the next five to 10 years. As this didn’t materialise until after David’s retirement, he chaired a fundraising mission that led to the setup of a specialist diabetes centre in a converted bungalow just opposite the Ronkswood branch of the Worcester Royal Infirmary.

During his career at Worcester, David served as the consultant member of the district health authority for nine years and was a longstanding member of the local BMA, serving as chairman for a year during this time.

He retired from his consultant post in 1995, and finally from all part time work in 2006.

Favourite among his hobbies was a love of sailing, both on the river Avon at the bottom of his garden, and as a valued crew member of a friend’s yacht based in Cornwall. On this he enjoyed many cross channel trips and one to Ireland.

Sadly Elizabeth, his wife, died in 2010, just nine months before their golden wedding anniversary. David spent the last two years of his life living in Cornwall, next door to his daughter Lucy and five of his grandchildren.

David will be remembered by his family and many friends both as a much loved father and grandfather and as a dignified and true gentleman.

He leaves three children and nine grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i288


  • Consultant endocrinologist (b 1934; q Oxford University 1960; DM, FRCP), d November 2015.

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