Lives of the fellows

Richard Ernest Gruchy

b.30 August 1922 d.25 December 2004
MRCS LRCP(1945) MB BCh Cantab(1946) MRCP(1953) FRCP(1970)

Richard Ernest Gruchy was a physician at the General Hospital, Jersey. He was born in Jersey, the son of Ernest Romeril Gruchy, a farmer, and Lilian Jane née Labey, the daughter of George Thomas Labey, who was independently wealthy. Gruchy was educated at Victoria College, Jersey, then Cheltenham College, and went on to Cambridge University. He gained a scholarship to St George’s Hospital for his clinical studies, qualifying in 1945. He was rejected by the Armed Services on medical grounds.

He held junior posts at St George’s Hospital and at the Royal Northern Hospital. In 1947 he was a resident medical officer at Atkinson Morley Hospital and, in 1950, at St George’s Hospital. In 1952 he was a registrar at Dorset County Hospital. From 1956 to 1963, he was in general practice on Jersey. From 1958, he also held a post as a physician in the mass miniature radiography unit on the island. In 1963 he was appointed as a consultant physician at the General Hospital.

At the time of his election to the fellowship of the RCP in 1970 he stated that his interests were golf, music and ornithology.

In 1954, he married Sara Joan Phillips, the daughter of Samuel Thomas, a cabinet maker. They had two daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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