Lives of the fellows

John Richard Tighe

b.5 September 1930 d.16 September 2011
BSc Wales(1950) MB BCh(1953) MRCP(1958) MD(1962) MRCPath(1963) FRCP Edin(1971) FRCP(1974) FRCPath(1975)

John Richard Tighe was professor of pathology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Born in Swansea, he was the son of Harmon Richard Tighe, a medical practitioner, and his wife, Sarah Gwyneth née Thomas, whose father Rhys was a mining engineer. His sister, Mary Elizabeth Tighe, also qualified in medicine and married Denis George Blackwood Richards [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.479]. Educated at Brynmill Preparatory School and Bishop Gore Grammar School in Swansea, he studied medicine at the University of Wales and Cardiff Royal Infirmary (CRI). After qualifying in 1953, he did a year of house jobs at the CRI before doing his National Service in the RAMC from 1954 to 1956.

On leaving the RAMC, he moved to Sheffield where he was registrar and senior registrar in clinical pathology until 1962. In January 1963 he was appointed a consultant pathologist to the south west metropolitan health board and St Thomas’ Hospital and a senior lecturer in pathology at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School. The following year he also became surgical pathologist at St Thomas’. When he eventually retired he became emeritus professor of histopathology at the University of London.

A prolific author, he wrote, or contributed to, some 50 scientific papers on different topics in histopathology. He also wrote a seminal textbook entitled Pathology (London, Bailliere Tindall, 1972.

He undertook a number of important roles in his field. From 1969 to 1972, he was assistant registrar at the Royal College of Pathologists, was a member of their Council from 1973 and vice president. At the Royal Society of Medicine he was president of the pathology section from 1973 to 1972. A member of the Pathological Society of Great Britain, he was also honorary histopathologist to the Army.

Outside medicine he enjoyed gardening and listening to music.

In 1960 he married Shelagh Maureen née Richards, she was the daughter of William Richards, an upholsterer. When he died in the Royal United Hospital, Bath, after a short illness, Shelagh and their children, Richard, Jane and Mary, survived him.

RCP editor

(Volume XIi, page web)

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