b.2 February 1945 d.8 April 2011
MB BS Lond(1968) MRCS LRCP(1968) MRCP(1971) FRCP Glas(1983) FRCP Edin(1998) FRCP(2004)
Raymond John (‘Ray’) Holden was a consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Monklands Hospital, Airdrie. Born in England, he was the son of Walter George Holden, an office manager, and his wife, Katherine May (‘Pat’). After attending Enfield Grammar School, he studied medicine at London University and King’s College Hospital.
After qualifying in 1968, he did house jobs at Doncaster Royal Infirmary before becoming senior registrar in gastroenterology and general medicine at Glasgow University Hospital. Appointed a consultant physician and gastroenterologist at the Monklands District General Hospital in Airdrie, he was also an honorary senior lecturer at Glasgow University.
Among his various scientific publications was a chapter entitled ‘Problem areas in diagnosis’ which he co-wrote with G P Crean in Peptic ulcer (Clin surg int, Vol.7 1984) and ‘A data base on dyspepsia’ (Gut, 1994, 75, 191). He was a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology.
Outside medicine he enjoyed canal boating, ornithology and gardening.
He married Ruth Margaret in 1976 and she survived him when he died suddenly in Victoria Hospital, Blackpool.
[Blackpool Gazette www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/raymond-holden-obituary-1-3302802; Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh www.rcpe.ac.uk/sites/default/files/in-memoriam_9.pdf - both accessed 2 September 2015]
(Volume XII, page web)
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