Lives of the fellows

Peter James Bunworth Landy

b.30 April 1923 d.15 July 2006
OBE(1983) MB BS Queensland(1946) MRCP(1952) FRACP(1973) FRCP(1976)

Peter Landy was a neurophysician in Brisbane, Australia. He was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, one of two sons of James Edmund Landy and Jessie Bunworth. He was educated at St Joseph’s College, Brisbane, and attended the University of Queensland, graduating in 1946. He was a resident in Brisbane for two years, and then moved to London, where he was a house officer at the Central Middlesex Hospital from 1950 to 1951. He then worked at the Maida Vale Hospital under Lord Russell Brain [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VI, p.60].

He returned to Brisbane in 1953, and was appointed as a neurologist to the Mater organisation in Queensland, a Catholic healthcare charity. He remained with Mater until 1973. Together with the neurosurgeon Geoff Toakley, he developed the neurology and neurosurgery unit at Mater Hospital. He was also appointed to the Repatriation Hospital in Greenslopes, and was a visiting medical officer to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, where he developed a combined neurological and neurosurgical unit. He subsequently became an honorary consultant at both the Princess Alexandra and the Greenslopes Repatriation hospitals.

On returning to Australia, Landy gained his fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and subsequently became state chairman of the RACP committee (from 1974 to 1976). He was a member of the council of the Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association for six years and was president from 1980 to 1981.

He was chairman of the state committee of the Australian Brain Foundation from 1983 to 1988, and was the chairman of the neurology and neurosurgery assessment tribunal of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Queensland from 1983 until 1993. He was president of the Queensland Council of Professions from 1976 until 1978, and of the Queensland Medico-Legal Society in 1981. Over 39 years, he provided dedicated and distinguished service to the Medical Benevolent Association.

He was elected as a fellow of the Australian Medical Association in 1982 and, in 1983, was honoured with an OBE for his contribution to medicine.

Peter Landy was a quiet, understated neurophysician. He was a distinguished teacher and tutor to a large number of trainee physicians, and was dedicated to improving the profession. At all times he was a loyal friend.

He married Cecily O’Connor in 1954 and they had four sons – Robert (a consulting engineer), Mark David (an intensive care physician), Peter John (a diagnostic radiologist) and Paul William (a solicitor). Landy died following an intracranial haemorrhage.

Leigh Atkinson

[Mater online;Dr-Peter-James-Landy-OBE-MBBS-Qld- – accessed 20 July 2010]

(Volume XII, page web)

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