Lives of the fellows

William Bryce Wright

b.26 May 1927 d.30 June 2007
MB ChB Glasg(1950) MRCP Edin(1955) MRCP(1966) FRCP Edin(1971) FRCP(1979)

William Bryce Wright was a geriatrician in Exeter and then in Cirencester and Cheltenham. He was born in Govan, Scotland, the son of Isaac Wright, a company director, and grew up in Giffnock near Glasgow. He left school at 14 to become an apprentice in an engineering firm, but, after recovering from appendicitis, decided to become a doctor. He attended evening classes and took courses by post, and was eventually accepted to study medicine at Glasgow University. During the vacations he worked as a labourer on hydroelectric dams. He qualified MB ChB in 1950.

In 1951 he joined the Royal Navy to carry out his National Service, and stayed for ten years, becoming a surgeon lieutenant.

After leaving the Navy, he became a geriatrician. He was a registrar in Ipswich and East Suffolk, and at St Mary’s Hospital, London. He was then appointed as a consultant geriatrician, first in Exeter and subsequently in Cirencester and Cheltenham. He retired in 1991. On the site of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, ‘William Wright House’ has been named in his honour.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed riding, chess, music and writing.

In 1950 he married Joan Birkett, the daughter of a railway clerk. They had three sons and a daughter. They divorced in 1980, but two years later he married Primrose Haliburton. She predeceased him.

RCP editor

[The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Obituaries: William Bryce Wright FRCPEdin www.rcpe.ac.uk/obituary/william-bryce-wright-frcp-edin – accessed 9 October 2014]

(Volume XII, page web)

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