Lives of the fellows

Brian Wilfrid Pay

b.25 September 1921 d.28 May 1983
BA Cantab(1942) MB Bchir(1945) MA(1947) MRCP(1955) FRCP(1976)

Brian Pay was the son of a housemaster at Pocklington School, Yorkshire, and received his schooling there before reading natural sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he was an exhibitioner. He pursued his clinical studies at St Thomas’s Hospital, graduating in 1945. Called up for national service in the RAMC, he served in Singapore and Malaya from 1947 to 1949. In 1955 he was appointed senior registrar to Viscount Waverley at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. He was appointed consultant physician to the Reading hospitals in 1965, and worked at Prospect Park Hospital until the Abbey unit at Battle was opened in 1972. He was responsible for planning the medical department at Abbey and, despite considerable resistance, succeeded in the construction of a modern unit.

In 1956 Brian Pay married Nina Emily, daughter of Edward James H Norman, an engineer. There were no children of the marriage. He was a man with few enemies, a softly disposed Yorkshireman who practised medicine in the old way. He was quiet, deliberate and unhasty; a man who earned the profound respect of his patients and who will be remembered by his colleagues with great affection. His quiet manner concealed a fine sense of humour; for those who knew, as he dissected the esoteric but poorly founded diagnoses of others, his quiet chuckle expressed more scorn than words.

His last few years were marred by illness which he endured with characteristic bravery, and his interest in medicine and his concern for his patients and junior staff kept him at work until a month before his death. In his earlier years he rowed for Lady Margaret Boat Club, Cambridge, and was a keen swimmer and bridge player.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
Valérie Luniewska

[Brit.med.J., 1983, 286, 2066-7]

(Volume VII, page 451)

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