Lives of the fellows

Michael Albert Voyce

b.26 February 1935 d.27 November 2009
BSc Bristol(1956) MB ChB(1959) DCH(1962) MRCP Edin(1963) MD(1968) FRCP Edin(1976) FRCP(1989) FRCPCH(1997)

Michael Albert Voyce was a consultant paediatrician in Cornwall. One of the youngest consultant paediatricians in the UK at the time, he developed the county’s service for many years on his own.

Born in Stroud, he was the son of Albert John Voyce, an insurance clerk, and his wife, Phyllis Mary. After attending Sir Thomas Rich School in Gloucester, he studied medicine at the University of Bristol and Bristol Royal Infirmary. Qualifying in 1959, he did house jobs in Bath from 1960 to 1962 and then moved to Plymouth as a paediatric registrar. In 1963 he worked in a similar post in Bristol and was then appointed a lecturer in child health at the University of Bristol the following year.

In 1968 he decided to leave the academic world and was appointed a consultant paediatrician to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. A particular interest of his was mental and physical disability in children and he therefore developed a sophisticated paediatric assessment centre for the area. Eventually he was appointed medical director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.

He had a passion for house renovation and almost entirely rebuilt his first family home himself on the grounds that he thought he could do a better job than anyone else. A keen rock climber, he also enjoyed painting in water colours and, what he termed ‘creative gardening’.

He left his wife of 22 years in the late 1970s and, in 1980, he married Christine Ann, who was an administrative research assistant. He was estranged from the four children of his first marriage and, sadly, a planned reunion failed to happen due to his sudden death from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. He was survived by Christine, the son and daughter he had with her, and the children from his earlier marriage, one of whom is medically qualified.

RCP editor

[BMJ - accessed 12 March 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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