Lives of the fellows

Tom Evelyn Parry

b.10 June 1916 d.25 June 2010
MB ChB Manchester(1941) MRCS LRCP(1941) MRCP(1950) FRCPath(1963) FRCP(1974)

Tom Evelyn Parry was a consultant haematologist in Cardiff. Born in Llanrug, Caernarvonshire, he was the son of David Owen Parry, a farmer and slate dresser in a quarry, and his wife, Charlotte née Owen, whose father, Michael, was also a farmer. Educated at Pen-y-Groes Grammar School, he studied medicine at Manchester University and the Manchester Royal Infirmary where he did house jobs from 1941 to 1942.

In October 1942, he enrolled in the RAMC and was initially posted to Imphal, on the India-Burma border and then to Hongkong. Mainly serving as officer commanding an Indian Field Laboratory, he spent the last 15 months of his army career as a specialist in pathology at the Leishman Laboratory of the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot and was discharged with the rank of major in 1946.

On demobilisation he returned to Manchester and worked as a registrar at Ancoats Hospital for three years until 1950, when he moved to Liverpool as senior registrar in pathology at the Royal Infirmary for a year. Following that, he spent a further three months at the David Lewis Northern Hospital before taking up a post of consultant pathologist at the United Cardiff Hospital where he stayed from 1952 to 1972. He was then appointed a consultant haematologist at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and clinical teacher in pathology to the Welsh National School of Medicine.

He published scientific papers on, among other topics, amino-acid pyrimidine, DNA metabolism in pernicious anaemia, and acute leukaemia.

A member of the Honourable Society of Cymrodorion, past president of the Cardiff Cymrodorian Society (he gave a presidential address on the contributions of Welshmen to medicine), he was also past chairman of the Dinas Powis Welsh Society and an honorary member of the ‘Gorsedd’ of the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1973. A member of the Cardiff Welsh Luncheon Club, he was, at one time, its vice president and president.

Outside medicine, his favourite pastimes were motoring and sailing.

In 1954 he married Winifred Margaret née Bowen, whose father, Daniel, was a colliery official. Winifred survived him, together with their son, Hugh, who was also a medical practitioner.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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