b.8 October 1942 d.28 February 2008
MB BS Lond(1967) MRCS LRCP(1967) MRCP(1970) DM Nottm(1978) FRCP(1986)
Richard Louis Page was a consultant chest physician in Leeds, with a particular interest in occupational lung disease. He was born in North Allerton, Yorkshire, the son of John Athol Page. His father was a qualified barrister who also worked at various times as a musician and a school inspector. Ellen Marjorie Page, his mother, was a teacher. Francis Tillyard Page [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.437] was his uncle.
Educated at Dauntsey's School, Wiltshire, he studied medicine at London University and Middlesex Hospital. Qualifying in 1967, he did house jobs at Middlesex, Brompton and Hammersmith hospitals, before returning to Middlesex Hospital as a medical registrar. On moving to Nottingham, he was a Medical Research Council research fellow at the university from 1973 to 1976. Following this he became a senior registrar in Ipswich and, after that in 1977, at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
In 1979 he was appointed a consultant physician in general and thoracic medicine in Leeds and worked at the St James's University Hospital, the Killingbeck Hospital and Leeds Chest Clinic. He also lectured in clinical medicine at the university. A member of the British Thoracic Society (BTS) and the Society of Occupational Medicine, he published papers on topics such as lung disorders, tuberculosis and asthma. As a member of the executive of the BTS from 1999 to 2002, and chairman of its professional standards committee, he was responsible for setting up their interdepartmental peer review scheme, thereby making an important contribution to the development of the UK’s respiratory services.
Outside of medicine, he enjoyed walking and listening to music.
He married Cathleen Elizabeth née Huggard, also a medical practitioner, in 1973. When he died from small cell lung cancer, Cathleen survived him, together with their sons, Stephen, a doctor, and Jonathon, a lawyer.
[BMJ, 2008 337 960]
(Volume XII, page web)
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