Lives of the fellows

John Stuart Lyon

b.14 April 1932 d.16 November 2003
BChir Cantab(1957) MB(1958) DPM(1966) MRCPsych(1972) MRCP(1972) FRCPsych(1980) FRCP(1983)

John Stuart Lyon was a consultant psychiatrist in Basingstoke. He was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, the son of Edwin Lyon, an engineer. He was educated at King’s College in Taunton, and then at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he excelled at athletics. He went on to Westminster Hospital for his clinical studies.

He originally planned to become a surgeon, but later switched to psychiatry. He held house officer, senior house officer and then registrar posts at Bolingbroke Hospital (in general surgery), Putney (in general medicine), Lambeth (accident and emergency medicine) and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. From 1968 to 1972, he was a senior registrar and a senior research assistant at Westminster Hospital and at Netherne Hospital in Surrey.

In 1972 he was appointed to his post as a consultant psychiatrist at Basingstoke District Hospital. At Basingstoke he was largely responsible for building up the adult mental health service. He was clinical tutor, clinical director and later medical director of the priority services unit. Many of his trainees became consultants. In 1993 he retired, but continued in private practice, working for the Mental Health Act Commission and for mental health review tribunals. He was an elected member of the council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

In 1975 he married Christine Evelyn née Larner, the daughter of a communications officer. They had one daughter, Annabelle, and a son, Richard. John Lyon died from an acute myocardial infarction.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J.,2004 328 352]

(Volume XII, page web)

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