Lives of the fellows

Philip Rhodes Clay

b.13 March 1923 d.3 October 2009
MB BCh Oxon(1946) MRCP(1950) DCH(1952) FRCP(1973)

Philip Rhodes Clay was a paediatrician in the Redhill and Caterham area. Born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, he was the son of Cecil Ernest Clay, a medical practitioner and his wife, Constance Harriet née Crowther, whose father, John, was a surveyor. Educated at Stowe School, he studied medicine at Oxford University and The London Hospital. After qualifying in 1946, he did house jobs at The London before joining the Royal Navy to do his National Service from 1947 to 1949. On demobilisation, he did further house jobs at the Eastern Fever Hospital from 1950 to 1951, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children until 1952.

In 1960 he was appointed a locum consultant paediatrician to the Marlborough, Swindon, Salisbury and Cirencester group of hospitals. Two years later he became a consultant paediatrician at the Redhill and Netherne group, adding, in 1970, a consultancy at St Lawrence’s Hospital, Caterham.

When he was young he played football for Stowe and The London. He enjoyed gardening and photography and was a DIY enthusiast. In 1953 he married Margaret Pamela née Birnie whose father, Edward Birnie Reid, was a chartered accountant. They had two daughters, Rowena and Penny, and a son, Nicholas. Margaret predeceased him and he was survived by their children and grandchildren.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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