Lives of the fellows

Anthony Ralph Holtby Worssam

b.20 August 1924 d.13 February 2012
BA Cantab(1945) MB BChir(1948) MRCP(1953) MRCPath(1963) FRCPath(1970) FRCP(1977)

Anthony Ralph Holtby (‘Tony’) Worssam was a consultant pathologist in Hastings. Born in St Albans, his father was Ralph Worssam, a mechanical engineer. After attending Twyford Preparatory School and Winchester College, he studied medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Guy’s Hospital. After qualifying in 1948 he joined the RAMC to do his National Service and served as a major and senior specialist in pathology from 1949 to 1951.

At Guy’s he became junior lecturer in bacteriology and, later, research fellow to the departments of medicine and bacteriology. In 1956 he was appointed a senior registrar at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and, two years later, became a consultant pathologist to the Hastings health district. He was a member of the Association of Clinical Pathologists and the British Medical Association.

A keen climber, he was president of the Cambridge University Mountaineering Club. He also enjoyed fox hunting and gardening.

In 1951 he married June née Sayer, the daughter of Philip Edward Gerald Sayer, who was a test pilot. They married in Penang while he was serving in the RAMC and had two sons. He retired to Somerset and died there, survived by his sons Mark and Simon and their families. June predeceased him.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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