Lives of the fellows

John Dockray

b.17 September 1900 d.21 February 1960
BA Cantab(1923) MA Cantab(1926) MB BCh Cantab(1926) MRCS LRCP(1925) MRCP(1930) FRCP(1950)

John Dockray was born at Carnforth, Lancashire, where his father, Richard Parkinson Dockray, was a corn factor. From Lancaster Grammar School he won an open scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1923 entered the Medical School of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. At the Hospital he was house physician to Lord Horder and house surgeon in the skin and venereal diseases department, and after residencies at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, and the Royal Chest Hospital, London, was for a short time personal physician to the Crown Prince of Siam before joining a group-practice in Ryde, Isle of Wight, in 1931.

In 1933 he became the first honorary physician to the Royal Isle of Wight County Hospital. With the introduction of the National Health Act he decided on consulting practice, and as he had been chairman of the Island division of the British Medical Association from 1943 he took a prominent part in the reorganisation of the hospitals in the Region. Later he became a member of the South-West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board, and though diffident in manner and speech could, if necessary, take unpopular decisions.

Dockray was a good general physician, considerate of every patient’s individual problems. To his colleagues and his juniors he was generous to a degree. His hobbies were tennis and the collection of antique furniture and silver. In 1934 he married Kitty, daughter of Henry Wilson Burrow, a landowner, of Hest, Lancashire. They had no family.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1960, 1, 810, 1370; Isle of Wight County Press, 27 Feb. 1960; Lancet, 1960, 1, 555.]

(Volume V, page 108)

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