24/01/11

In Memoriam: Frank Marsh

Frank Marsh, who was a substantial figure in British Nephrology until his retirement in June 2001, died in the Royal Marsden Hospital on 16 January 2011. He was 74.

Frank’s medical training took place at Caius College, Cambridge and the London Hospital where he subsequently remained for the bulk of his professional career. It was there that, in collaboration with the late Frank Goodwin, he created from scratch the small dialysis programme that under his stewardship was to become one of the major renal centres in the country. Alongside his many other responsibilities, Frank Marsh always remained a dedicated frontline clinician whose patients consistently benefited from generous doses of skill and compassion.

Frank was also a committed and highly effective medical educator, both at the micro level in his own department and also the macro level where he held important positions in the London Hospital Medical College and overseas on the Faculty of the American University of the Caribbean and latterly as chairman of its board. In these activities Frank’s high intelligence, basic common sense and attention to detail worked to the advantage of the many people whose clinical care or medical education became his responsibility. These commitments were formidable, yet he still found time to be a productive academic – he wrote books and published papers throughout his career.

Away from medicine, Frank Marsh was a notably good violinist who played in the National Youth Orchestra in his teens and was delighted to be able to take it up again in his retirement. Sailing, skiing and walking provided his outdoor recreation. He enjoyed a happy and productive retirement with his wife, Pamela, in rural Sussex. Frank Marsh was the most dedicated of doctors and a devoted family man who will be missed greatly by all who knew him. He is survived by Pamela and his three children.