Dr Wallace De Launey

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It is great sadness that we notify members that Dr Wallace De Launey passed away on 19 November 2019 after a short illness, aged 92.

He is survived by his widow Joan, son John, and daughter Anne; his daughter Christine pre-deceased him.

Dr De Launey graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in Sydney in 1952, and was a Junior Resident Medical Officer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH). He then moved to New Zealand as a Senior Resident Medical Officer in Taranaki. Following this, Dr De Launey had a busy life as a General Practitioner in Ingleburn, before passing the Graduate Diploma in Dermatological Medicine in 1970 and Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 1971. He was one of the very few people to achieve the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, with special interest dermatology, in 1972.

Dr De Launey was the lecturer in dermatology at Sydney University from 1977 to 1985. He was a Visiting Medical Officer at RPAH from 1970 to 1979, when he transferred to Westmead Hospital as head of the department.

Dr De Launey and Dr William Land co-authored ‘Principles and Practice of Dermatology’ (Sydney, Butterworths, 1978). Two further editions were published and the second edition was translated into Spanish and published in Mexico as ‘Dermatologia’ in 1986. He also co-authored College texts on radiotherapy and physical therapy with Dr Land.

Dr De Launey was Chief Censor of College in from 1978 to 1981.

His funeral will be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Marist Place, Parramatta, at 10 am on Friday 29 November 2019.