Lives of the fellows

Eric Francis Carr

b.23 September 1919 d.27 December 2006
MB BChir Cantab(1943) MRCS LRCP(1943) MRCP(1948) DPM(1952) FRCP(1971) FRCPsych(1972)

Eric Francis Carr was a consultant psychiatrist in Epsom, Surrey. He was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire, the son of Edward Francis Carr, a company director, and Maude Mary Carr née Almond, the daughter of a tailor. He was educated at Mill Hill School, and then went on to Cambridge. He carried out his clinical studies at the London Hospital.

He was a house physician at Brompton Hospital in 1943 and then, in January 1944, joined the RAMC, He was a medical officer for the 1st Royal Tank Regiment, stationed in France, Holland and Germany, and then served in India and West Africa with the Royal West African Frontier Force. He was demobilised in December 1946 with the rank of captain.

From 1947 to 1948 he was a house physician and then a registrar at the North Middlesex Hospital. He then went to the Maudsley Hospital, where he was a registrar between 1949 and 1952.

He was subsequently a senior house medical officer at Claybury Hospital, in Woodford Bridge, Essex, from 1953 to 1956. In 1956 he gained his first consultant post, as a psychiatrist at St Ebba’s Hospital, near Epsom, Surrey. Five years later, in 1962, he was appointed as a consultant psychiatrist at Netherne Hospital, Surrey. In 1971 he joined the Epsom District and West Park Hospital Group. He was also an honorary consultant psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital.

In 1976 he left his Surrey post to become a senior principal medical officer for the Department of Health and Social Security, on secondment as head of the psychiatric division. He later served on the Parole Board and on the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Outside his clinical work, he was interested in the history of psychological medicine, music and modern languages, specifically Spanish and French. As a student he played sport for his college, and was on hospital first teams.

In 1954 he married Janet Gould Gilfillan, the daughter of a clerk in holy orders. They had two sons and one daughter. They divorced in 1980, and Carr later had a long-standing partner, B Chatfield.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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