Lives of the fellows

Harry Ralph Claude Riches

b.8 October 1924 d.31 May 2013
MRCS LRCP(1948) MB BS Lond(1948) MRCP(1952) MD(1956) FRCP(1974)

Harry Ralph Claude Riches was a consultant physician at Harefield and Mount Vernon hospitals. He was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, the son of Harry Claude Riches, a company secretary, and Cissie Emma Riches née Dove, the daughter of a farmer. He was educated at Langley School and then went on to Guy’s Hospital Medical School. He qualified with the conjoint diploma and MB BS in 1948.

From 1949 to 1951 he was a surgeon lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. From 1952 to 1953 he was a medical registrar at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, and then a house physician and resident medical officer at Brompton Hospital. From 1954 to 1960 he was a senior medical registrar at Harefield Hospital.

In 1960 he was appointed as a consultant physician at Harefield, Mount Vernon, Northwood and Pinner, and Wembley hospitals. For 20 years he was also chief medical consultant to the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, and he became UK medical consultant to the biopharmaceutical company UCB.

Outside medicine, as a young man he was captain of Guy’s Hospital and the United Hospitals football clubs. He also had a lifelong interest in beekeeping. He lectured on the topic, was a well-known judge of honey and mead, and was president of the British Beekeepers Association, the Central Association of Bee-Keepers, Hertfordshire Beekeepers Association and the National Honey Show. He wrote Medical aspects of beekeeping (Northwood, HR Books, 2000). He was also a liveryman and past master of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers.

In 1954 he married Pamela Martin Young. They had a son (John), a daughter (Penny) and a grandson, Alexander.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2013 347 4309 www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f4309 – accessed 8 July 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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