Lives of the fellows

Ronald Houston Vasey

b.11 June 1913 d.3 October 1986
MB BS Durh(1936) DRCOG(1938) MD(1939) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1969)

A native of the north-east of England, Ronald Vasey spent the greater part of his life in that area. Born at South Shields, he was educated initially in Edinburgh but his later studies were at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. His medical studies were also at Newcastle, which at that time was part of Durham University, where -having gained an entrance scholarship - he distinguished himself by being awarded the Gibson prize. After qualifying, his junior appointments were at the Royal Infirmary, Newcastle. Then came World War II and Ronald served with the Indian Medical Service. He spent the next six years in India and Burma as a medical specialist and became acting lieutenant colonel.

On demobilization Ronald returned to England and the north-east, initially back to the Royal Victoria Infirmary but subsequently to Sunderland where he spent the rest of his life. His first appointment was to the General Hospital, transferring as senior consultant physician to the Royal Infirmary. As such he became a very well known and highly regarded physician in addition to being a popular personality. He did not confine his interests solely to clinical medicine but also served the medical community as a member of the Hospital Staffs Association, the Medical Advisory Council and the British Medical Association. In each of these associations his abilities were recognized when he was made chairman.

Outside the field of medicine his interests were wide. A family man, being the proud father of a son and a daughter, he nevertheless found time to enjoy golf and bridge, at both of which he was adept. One of his great loves was his garden, which gave him enormous pleasure until the end of his life. He gave meticulous dedication to all he undertook and his death left a gap in the community.

VJ Metcalf

(Volume VIII, page 516)

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