Lives of the fellows

John Eric Stanley Varley

b.8 June 1928 d.15 October 1993
MA BM BCh Oxon(1955) MRCP(1959) DPM Lond(1963) MRCPsych(1971) FRCPsych(1978) FRCP(1981)

John Eric Stanley Varley was a consultant psychiatrist at Birmingham Children's Hospital. He was born in Girvan, the son of Eric Ralph Varley, a company director. He was educated at Beaumont College, Windsor, and then went on to New College, Oxford, and University College Hospital Medical School.

He was a neurological registrar at Whittington Hospital, London, from 1958 to 1959, and was subsequently a registrar and senior registrar at Maudsley Hospital from 1959 to 1964.

In 1964 he was appointed as a consultant at Birmingham. He established a first class liaison psychiatry service, ran a regional inpatient unit, convulsion clinic and a busy outpatient service - all single-handedly. He believed teaching was important, and helped set up regional programmes in child and adolescent psychiatry. He was well known in the west Midlands, but less so elsewhere, preferring not to go to meetings away from the area in case he was needed by staff or patients.

He married Georgina, the daughter of a company director, in 1961. They had no children. In 1987 he retired early due to ill health.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 308,1994,267]

(Volume XI, page 595)

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