Lives of the fellows

John Eustace O’Neill Gillespie

b.29 June 1914 d.1 November 1998
MB BCh BAO(1937) DPM RCPSI(1937) DPM Lond(1938) MA MD Dublin(1939) MRCPI(1941) MRCP(1942) FRCPI(1947) FRCP(1970) FRCPsych(1971)

John Eustace O’Neill Gillespie was a consultant psychiatrist and medical director of the Retreat in York. He was born in Dublin, where his father was director of physical education for the Royal Irish Constabulary. He was educated at the Friends’ School in Lisburn and then Bootham School in York. He later studied medicine at Dublin University and rowed in the University Boat Club.

Among his junior posts he was a house physician at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, a junior medical officer at the Holloway Sanatorium, Virginia Water, and a house physician at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

During the Second World War he served with the Friends’ Ambulance Unit in Finland and Norway. He received the Cross of Liberty with Swords and the Winter War medals. Back in the UK, he was a house physician at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, and a medical registrar at the National Temperance Hospital, London.

He decided to join the Colonial Service, and spent the next 20 years from 1942 as a consultant physician in Trinidad and then in Cyprus. For a year from 1952 he was a WHO fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School.

In 1962 he was appointed medical director and consultant psychiatrist at the Retreat in York. After his retirement from this post he was a consultant psychiatrist at the Kylemore Clinic in Dublin.

At the time of his election to the Fellowship of the College he listed English and American literature, cars, squash and tennis among his interests.

He married Moira Lorraine Meredith in 1942 and they had two sons and one daughter.

RCP editor

(Volume XI, page 218)

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