Lives of the fellows

John Prestwidge Caley

b.2 February 1925 d.2 July 2013
MB ChB Sheffield(1949) MRCP(1953) FRCP(1973)

John Caley was a consultant physician in Mansfield. He was born and brought up in Sheffield, the son of Reginald Caley, a company director, and Ella Maud Caley née Godbald, the daughter of a sugar broker. He was educated at St Peter’s School in York, and then went to the University of Sheffield to read medicine, graduating in 1949.

His early appointments were at various hospitals in Sheffield, followed by National Service in the RAMC. He spent most of his time in Malta, with the rank of captain.

After leaving the Army, he was a medical registrar at Manchester Royal Infirmary. In 1955 he returned to Sheffield as a registrar and then senior registrar.

In 1960 he was appointed as a consultant physician to the Mansfield group of hospitals. At that time they were very understaffed and depended on some support from Nottingham consultants. In his early days he also looked after the geriatric wards, until the first geriatrician was appointed. He participated fully in the major changes and improvements that occurred in the hospital group. His main interest was in gastroenterology, and he soon built up an efficient service, which he maintained until his retirement in 1990.

He was a good hockey and cricket player. He played for his university and the Northern Universities, and continued to play while in the Army.

In 1949 John had married Pat (née Mallory), a Sheffield radiographer, and they had two sons. For many years they had a holiday flat in Pembrokeshire and enjoyed their stays at the seaside, in the company of many friends.

Pat, who had been a great support to John, died in 1998 from a malignant melanoma. His later years were clouded by progressive dementia, and this caused his death.

Dewi Davies

(Volume XII, page web)

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