Lives of the fellows

James Alan Price

b.30 October 1910 d.23 September 1992
MB BCh BAO Belf(1932) MD(1935) MRCP(1937)FRCP(1961)

Alan Price, the son of William John Price and his wife Mary née Patterson, was born and educated in Belfast and qualified in medicine at Queen’s University and the Royal Victoria Hospital. After junior posts in Yorkshire, he spent a year as demonstrator in pathology at Leeds and in 1936 he became RMO at the Bradford Royal Infirmary. A year later he succeeded F W Eurich as one of only two honorary physicians in Bradford.

In 1942, with the advent of war, he joined the RAMC as a medical specialist and served in North Africa and Italy, completing his service as officer in charge of the medical division of the 98th General Hospital at Bari, with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In 1946 he returned to Bradford, where he remained for the rest of his life. He became senior physician in 1957, a post he retained until his retirement in 1975. On account of his seniority he inevitably became involved in administrative work. He was chairman of the medical advisory committee and also served on the hospital management committee but administration was never congenial to him. Although he did the job efficiently and unobtrusively, he rejected the suggestion that he should become the first chairman of the division of medicine when the divisional system was introduced.

Alan Price was a modest man without academic pretensions and, against the relentless modern tide of specialization, he remained a general physician. On the other hand, he was very much a doctor’s doctor and was frequently consulted by colleagues and their families.

He married Elizabeth née Donnan in 1938 and they had two children, Helen and Timothy. Outside his work and his family, his two great passions were gardening and golf. He was expert in the cultivation of roses and would spend hours tending his immaculately manicured garden. He continued to play golf regularly and died on the golf course. He would not have wished it otherwise.

P C Reynell

[Telegraph and Argus, 24 May 1961]

(Volume IX, page 430)

<< Back to List