Lives of the fellows

Joan Yell

b.11 October 1925 d.14 July 2002
BA Durham(1946) MB BS(1952) MRCP(1955) FRCP(1974)

Joan Yell was a consultant geriatrician in Durham. She was born in Hull, the daughter of Harry Yell, a railway traffic controller, and his wife, Ethel Gwedoline née Pedler. She was educated at Gosforth Grammar School in Northumberland, and then studied French at Durham University. After gaining a BA degree, she swapped to medicine, qualifying in 1952.

She held junior posts at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne. From 1953 to 1956, she was a registrar in Durham. She was a medical registrar on the professorial unit at Bristol Royal Infirmary from 1956 to 1957, and then a resident medical officer and subsequently a senior medical registrar at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. From 1961 to 1964, she was a senior hospital medical officer for the Durham group of hospitals, and was then appointed as a consultant physician in geriatric medicine in Durham. She was a member of the district medical committee, and a member of the executive council of Durham Age Concern.

Outside medicine, she enjoyed foreign travel and languages (French and German), classical music, photography, gardening, dressmaking, cookery and swimming. She was a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society and a member of the Royal National Rose Society. She was unmarried.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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