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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

versión On-line ISSN 2078-5135
versión impresa ISSN 0256-9574

SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. vol.100 no.6 Cape Town jun. 2010




Arthur Charles Keast (30 may 1927 - 12 february 2010)




I first met Charles in Ward E1, Groote Schuur Hospital, in 1951, when he taught me to do a lumbar puncture.

Sadly he passed away on 12 February 2010.

Charles was born on 30 May 1927. He matriculated at Kingswood College in 1944 and graduated MB ChB at UCT in 1950. He did his internship training at Groote Schuur Hospital, and subsequently worked at Grey's Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, and King Edward VIII Hospital, Durban. He married Rosemary Slater in 1953. He then moved to London where he specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology, obtaining his MRCOG in 1959.

He started private practice in East London in 1960 and continued there until he retired in 1991. During this period he acted as a part-time consultant at Frere Hospital.

In 1992 he filled in locums in England and Canada.

The Border Branch Council of SAMA benefited from his membership. He was President in 1990 and Honorary Secretary in 1992/1993.

Charles and Rosemary had 4 children and 12 grandchildren, one of whom is a medical doctor.

He was a keen tennis player, played squash for Border, and travelled many hiking trails.

A staunch member of Rotary International, in 1973 he went to Canada as a group study exchange leader. He became a district governor in the 1990s and was presented with the Paul Harris Award.

Charles will be sadly missed by many sections of the community.


Dennis Smyth

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