Rene Denyssen le Roex: 5 April 1927 – 25 June 2017

  • Berti Hellberg


Rene le Roex, one of the first proponents of providing a comprehensive surgical service in Pietermaritzburg, died on 25 June 2017. He was born on 5 April 1927, the youngest of five children. After matriculating at Pretoria Boys’ High School, he entered the University of Pretoria, qualifying MBChB in 1949 at the age of 22 years. Following an internship at Grey’s Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, he spent the next six years in the surgical departments of firstly Grey’s, and then at Edendale Hospital. In 1956 he moved to King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban to complete his surgical training in the Department of Surgery at the University of Natal, and was one of the first surgeons to qualify as a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa. After a spell as lecturer in Durban, he returned to Pietermaritzburg, initially as a specialist surgeon at Edendale Hospital, and then in 1963 as a solo surgeon in private practice.

How to Cite
Hellberg, B. (2021). Rene Denyssen le Roex: 5 April 1927 – 25 June 2017. South African Journal of Surgery, 59(4), 203. Retrieved from