It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Elizabeth Steel, following a short illness due to pancreatic cancer.
Dr David Fenton, Consultant Dermatologist, who worked with Elizabeth over many years said:
‘Through “Hairline International” she provided a tailor-made personal service to her members and their families, often spending several hours carefully listening to their history and giving advice on how to cope, where to go for specific dermatological, psychological and cosmetic expertise. Her warm and positive manner always lifted people’s spirits and gave hope, often where previously incorrect or damaging advice had been experienced.
She produced regular newsletters and held national meetings which never failed to educate and encourage, bringing together scientific, medical, psychological and cosmetic experts, often for people who had for many years not known where to turn. Through the media she raised the profile of the much ignored and belittled clinical area of hair loss and helped emphasise that the emotional and psychological impact of “only a cosmetic problem” could not be underestimated.
In spite of recurrent health problems, she continued to dedicate her time and energy to providing help and support for other alopecia sufferers. She will be greatly missed by us all. We send sincere condolences to her family and friends.'