Nottingham Hospitals History



President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1998 - 1999

Dr David Hoyte, who was the Society's President during the 1998/9 session, pursued two different and contrasting careers; both distinguished, during his professional lifetime. His first was as an academic anatomist, initially in Manchester and later in Jamaica, whereas his second, equally challenging, was as a general practitioner in the Leicestershire villages of Kegworth and Gotham.

David Hoyte was born in Vieux Port, St Lucia, West Indies, the second son of Dr R A Hoyte MB ChB (Edin), originally of Trinidad and later of Ghana West Africa. He was educated at Farnworth Grammar School and entered Manchester Medical School graduating MB ChB (Hons) in 1946. During his undergraduate career, he was Vice-President of the Medical Students' Representative Association.

After Resident Posts in Stockport he served with the RAMC in Egypt and Cyprus, latterly being attached to 40th Commando Company, Royal Marines. On completing National Service, he joined the Territorial Army becoming a Major with a Lancashire Field Ambulance.

In 1952, he embarked on an academic career in anatomy at the University of Manchester becoming in turn demonstrator and then Lecturer at the Medical School. During his time at Manchester he gained his Doctorate in Medicine, winning the Gold Medal. A move to the West Indies followed in 1960, firstly as Senior Lecturer and then as Professor of Anatomy in Jamaica. During this time, he was Chairman of the University Admissions Group, Pre-clinical Vice-Dean and University Public Orator. During the tenure of a Rockefeller Fellowship he was Visiting Professor at Ann Arbour, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Helsinki.

With a return to the UK in 1974 came a sea change in David Hoyte's career. He became a principal in General Practice in Kegworth and Gotham and Part-time Senior Lecturer in Human Morphology in the University of Nottingham .He became Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1978 and eventually to the appointment of the Fellowship of the Royal College of general Practitioners.

David Hoyte's Presidential Address to the Society dealt, perhaps not surprisingly, with the history and development of the University of the West Indies, in which he had played no small part. His fascinating and wide-ranging career enabled him to draw in speakers of diverse interests to illuminate a fascinating session