Lives of the fellows

John Anthony Harrington

b.23 January 1922 d.8 November 1999
MRCS LRCP(1944) MB BChir Cantab(1944) MA(1944) DPH(1948) DIH(1949) MD(1950) DPM RCPSI(1952) MRCP(1964) FRCPsych(1972) FRCP(1981)

John Anthony Harrington was a former consultant psychiatrist and medical director of Uffculme clinic, Birmingham. He was born in Singapore, the son of Arthur George Harrington, an analytical chemist. He was educated at Bedford School and went on to Christ’s College, Cambridge, and then St Thomas’s Hospital to study medicine. After qualifying in 1944, he was a house officer at St Thomas’s. From 1945 to 1947 he was a squadron leader in the Royal Air Force.

Following demobilisation, he spent a year at the London School of Hygiene and was then a research officer at the Medical Research Council. He then switched from public health to psychiatry, becoming a registrar and then senior registrar at the Maudsley Hospital. In 1955 he was appointed as a consultant psychiatrist to the Birmingham area. He helped establish Uffculme clinic, a new psychiatric research and early treatment centre. He was also a senior clinical lecturer and regional postgraduate adviser to the University of Birmingham. He was particularly interested in psychotherapy and helped found the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy. In the 1960s he conducted research into the problem of football hooliganism.

At the time of his election to the Fellowship of the College he listed his interests as travel, music and art. He married Margaret Barry Moore in 1955 and they had two sons, Richard and David, one of whom is a general practitioner, and the other a professor of child psychiatry. He died from heart failure following emphysema.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 2000,320,60]

(Volume XI, page 246)

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