CARMALT-JONES, Dudley William
Professor of systematic medicine.
Carmalt-Jones was born in London on 30 August 1874, the son of Dr T. W. Carmalt-Jones. He was educated at the public school of Uppingham and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1896. Electing to study medicine he went to St. Mary's Hospital, London, graduating in medicine in 1903. He held junior medical appointments at St. Mary's, at Queen's Square, at the Seamen's Hospital, Greenwich, and at the Westminster Hospital. He was later an assistant in Sir Almot Wright's Department of Therapeutic Inoculation In 1911 he published his first book, An Introduction to Therapeutic Inoculations, and secured his D.M. from Oxford. In 1912 he was appointed dean of the Westminster Hospital Medical School, and in 1914 was elected F.R.C.P., London. He served in the First World War from 1914 to 1918, in the latter phases as a consulting physican to the Expeditionary Force to Egypt.
In 1919 he was appointed professor of systematic medicine (part time) at the University of Otago. Though permitted private practice, Carmalt-Jones was essentially an academic man and he soon concentrated on his great work of turning the thoughts of his students towards a career in medicine rather than surgery, which was the prevailing tendency. He brought to Dunedin the traditions of Oxford, and with his intimate knowledge of the classics and of literature he created an atmosphere of humane medicine, which has persisted in the Medical School. He took an active interest in the whole life of the University and was a member of many of the sporting and cultural clubs and societies. He wrote sonnets and was an artist of some ability.
He retired from his chair in 1939 and continued to work for the University and Medical School, publishing the Annals of the Medical School in 1945. He retired to England in 1946.
In 1907 Carmalt-Jones married Mabel Gertrude, daughter of Captain F. L. Tottenham, and by her he had one son and one daughter. He died at Edgware, Middlesex, on 5 March 1957.
by Charles Ernest Hercus, KT., D.S.O., O.B.E., U.D., M.B. CH.B.(N.Z.), M.D., D.P.H., B.D.S., F.R.C.P., F.R.A.C.P., F.R.A.C.S., Emeritus Professor, University of Otago.
- Annals of the University of Otago Medical School, Carmalt-Jones, D. W. (1945)
- The Times (London), 6 Mar 1957 (Obit)
- Otago Daily Times, 7 Mar 1957 (Obit)
- The Otago Medical School Under the First Three Deans, Hercus, C. E. and Bell, G. (1964).