Lives of the fellows

William James Hay

b.22 March 1913 d.18 March 2005
BA Cantab(1935) MRCS LRCP(1938) MB BChir(1946) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1970) MC TD

William James Hay was a consultant physician to Lancaster and Kendal hospitals. He was born in Liverpool, the son of John Hay, professor of medicine at Liverpool University [Munk’s Roll, Vol.V, p.178] and Agnes Margaret née Duncan, the daughter of a physician. William James’ older brother, John Duncan Hay [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.258] was professor of child health, also at Liverpool.

William James Hay was educated at Liverpool College and then Fettes. He went on to study medicine at Cambridge and then Liverpool, qualifying with the conjoint diploma in 1938. He was a casualty officer and then a house physician at the Royal Southern Hospital, Liverpool.

In 1939 he volunteered for the Royal Army Medical Corps. In 1944 he was awarded the Military Cross after twice evacuating casualties under heavy tank and mortar fire. He was demobilised with the rank of major.

He returned to the Royal Southern Hospital, where he was a senior registrar and gained his MRCP. In 1950 he was appointed to his consultant post at Lancaster and Kendal. He was a member of the British Cardiac Society.

After he retired from his post in 1978 he chaired a capital planning group at the North West Regional Health Authority, and was chairman of St John’s Hospice, Lancaster.

Outside medicine he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

In 1948 he married Joyce White, the daughter of a coal merchant. They had one son, John, and one daughter, Barbara. William James Hay died following a stroke.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 2005 331 239]

(Volume XII, page web)

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