Lives of the fellows

James Edward McAlinney Glancy

b.9 February 1914 d.20 April 1980
MB BCh BAO NUI(1937) DPM RCP&S(1943) MD(1948) MRCP(1948) FRCP(1970) FRCPsych(1971)

James Glancy, son of Michael James Glancy, a general practitioner, and Anne Teresa McAlinney, was born in Brideswell, Eire. He received his school education first at the Convent of La Sainte Union, County Kildare, and then at Blackrock College, Dublin, before entering medicine. After graduating with first class honours from the National University of Ireland, he came to England, where he spent all of his professional life. He practised psychiatry at Goodmayes Hospital, Essex, from 1942 until his retirement in 1979, and was its last medical superintendent. Always a competent physician, he was alert to the importance of general medicine for psychiatry, but he also realized that psychological and social factors were as essential as the physical.

As well as being an astute clinician, he was an effective administrator and negotiator. He was an enthusiastic member of the BMA, served on its Council and on its mental health committee. He chaired the psychiatric advisory committee for the North East Thames Regional Health Authority for a number of years, and was the master of the Guild of Catholic Doctors from 1970 to 1973. Towards the end of his professional life his fund of experience and abilities were recognized when he was invited to serve as a principal medical officer to the Department of Health and Social Security; while there he chaired the working party on security in NHS psychiatric hospitals, which reported on the care of disturbed mentally ill patients.

James Glancy was a man of great kindness and understanding, with a delightful sense of humour, which qualities enhanced everything he did. He married in 1945 Margaret Mary Redgrove. They had a daughter, who became a clinical psychologist, and a son who entered medicine.

GJ Goldberg

[Brit.med.J., 1980, 281, 67]

(Volume VII, page 210)

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