Cuthbert Delaval Shafto Agassiz was born in Bertle, Canada, the son of Lewis Shafto Agassiz, a parson, and his wife Olive Maud, daughter of John Gwillim, a gentleman of independent means. He was educated in the United Kingdom, at Christ’s Hospital and Aberdeen University, graduating MB ChB in 1908. After various house appointments at the Maternity Hospital, Aberdeen, the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, and the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, he joined the army and served throughout the 1914-18 war, being awarded the MC and Bar. On demobilization he returned to the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest as resident medical officer, later becoming medical superintendent at Archway Hospital, 1933-37. He served as senior medical officer for the London County Council, physician superintendent at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Carshalton, and consultant physician to Ponds Home for Spastics. He was elected a Fellow in 1942.
In 1930 he married Beatrice Jennie, daughter of Blasdale Clarke, a lawyer, and they had three children: a son and two daughters. He was a keen sportsman, taking an interest in rowing, Rugby and golf. While at University in Aberdeen he captained the University Rugby football club and the boat club.
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