Lives of the fellows

Roy Kemball Price

b.15 June 1905 d.27 April 1979
MRCS LRCP(1929) MB BS Lond(1930) MD(1932) MRCP(1932) FRCP(1950)

Roy Price was one of four sons of Charles Royale Price, a building contractor, and his wife Beatrice Angela French, both of Crouch End, London.

Price was educated at Highgate School and at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, where he qualified in 1929 and obtained the MD and the MRCP in 1932. He was house physician to Dr, afterwards Sir, Francis Fraser on the medical unit at Bart’s, and later to Charles Harris in the Children’s Department. He then became RSO at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where he met and afterwards married the senior resident medical officer, Mary Campbell Clark, daughter of James Graham Clark, a clergyman in Renfrewshire. There were two children of the marriage, a boy and a girl, but it ended in divorce. In 1948 he remarried.

In 1934 he entered general practice in Brighton and in 1936 was appointed physician to the Hove Hospital. In 1937 he became assistant physician to the Royal Sussex County Hospital and in 1938 physician to the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children in Brighton. From 1942 to 1946 he served with the RAMC in UK, West Africa and India, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.

After his return to Brighton he became full physician to the RSC Hospital and, on the retirement of Donald Hall, took charge of the department of cardiology there. In 1947 he relinquished his appointment as physician to the RA Hospital for Sick Children, in order to become the cardiologist there. During those early post-war years he also worked as registrar to Samuel Oram in the department of cardiology at King’s College Hospital, and his cardiological practice in Brighton and district increased steadily. He became president of the Brighton and Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society in 1960.

Roy Price was a kind and friendly man, a sound physician, and a good cardiologist who organized and greatly improved cardiological facilities in Brighton and Hove. His contributions to medical literature were small but his skill and knowledge were ever available to his colleagues, and his sympathy and consideration always a source of comfort to his many private and hospital patients. As a young man he was a keen tennis player, but as he grew older gardening occupied most of his scant leisure.

CB Prowse

[Brit.med.J., 1979, 1, 1575; Lancet, 1979, 1, 1253]

(Volume VII, page 478)

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