Lives of the fellows

Michael Robert Pritchard Hall

b.13 May 1922 d.23 June 2012
BM BCh Oxon(1952) MRCP(1957) MRCP Edin(1957) FRCP(1970) FRCP Edin(1971)

Michael Robert Pritchard Hall was professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Southampton. Born in Nuwera Eliya, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), he was the son of Augustus Henry Hall, a tea planter, and his wife Elizabeth Jane née Lord, whose father, William Pritchard Lord was a member of the clergy. Educated at Abberley Hall Preparatory School in Worcestershire and Shrewsbury School, he joined the Indian Army on an emergency commission and served from 1941 to 1946.

He studied medicine at Oxford University and the Radcliffe infirmary in Oxford. After qualifying in 1952, he did house jobs at the Radcliffe from 1953 to 1962 and was then appointed a consultant physician at Newcastle General Hospital and consultant physician in geriatrics to the Newcastle upon Tyne group of hospitals. The following year he also became a lecturer in geriatrics in the department of medicine at the University of Newcastle. In 1970 he was appointed professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Southampton and honorary consulting physician to the Southampton University hospitals. When he retired in 1987 he then became emeritus professor.

With W J MacLennon and M D W Lye, he co-wrote Medical care of the elderly (Chichester, Wiley, 1978) and he published many scientific papers on the problems of aging. He was a member of the medical advisory panel of the Pre-Retirement Association and of the management committee of the Northumberland Cheshire Home, Matfen Hall, Northumberland.

He enjoyed sports and was a member of the MCC. Other interests were gardening, collecting pottery, porcelain and antique furniture, and reading.

in 1947 he married Joan Jardine née McCartney, whose father John was a medical practitioner. When he died, Joan survived him together with their two daughters, one of whom was called Sara.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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