Lives of the fellows

James Alexander Morrison Wright

b.1 July 1931 d.9 October 2008
MB BCh BAO Dubl(1957) MRCP(1969) FRCP(1982)

Surgeon Captain James Alexander Morrison Wright was a consultant physician in the Royal Navy. He was born in Lincoln, the son of Alexander Morrison Wright, who was an hotelier. He attended Stoneyhurst College and studied medicine at University College, Dublin and the Mater Misericoriae Hospital. After spending a year in a house job at Lancaster Royal Infirmary from 1957 to 1958, he joined the Union Castle Shipping Line as a medical officer. In 1961, he joined the Royal Navy with the rank of surgeon lieutenant.

During his time in the Navy, he served on several ships including HMS Jaguar during the ‘Cod war’ in 1974. He had several tours of duty at Plymouth Naval College, becoming consultant physician there in 1975 and head of medicine in 1979. Stationed in the West Indies and Gibraltar in the 1960s, he was consultant physician to the Royal Naval Hospital in Malta from 1977 to 1978. He also spent a year at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London and became honorary consultant physician to the Westminster Hospital. In 1983 he was ‘on loan to the Army’ and spent a year as consultant to the British Military Hospital in Hong Kong.

He retired from the Navy in 1988 and was employed by the Ministry of Defense (MOD) as a consultant at the British Military Hospital in Hannover. His contract with the MOD expired in 1992 and this coincided with the onset of a period of ill health due to kidney disease. After a renal transplant in November that year he eventually made a full recovery.

In 1960, he married Vivienne Patricia née Tombs, the daughter of Charles James Russell Tombs, who was a shipping broker. They had three sons and a daughter. He enjoyed listening to music and writing – he wrote several successful scripts for television. When he died, he was survived by Vivienne and their family.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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