Lives of the fellows

James Henry Bruce

b.19 August 1922 d.20 June 2015
OBE MB BCh BAO Belfast(1945) MD(1949) MRCP(1951) MRCP Edin(1951) FRCP Edin(1969) FRCP(1973)

James Henry Bruce (known as Harry) was a consultant physician in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. He was born in Bellaghy, County Derry, the son of William Howard Bruce, a farmer, and Isobel Bruce née Gallagher, the daughter of a farmer. He was educated at Coleraine Institution and then went on to Queen’s University Belfast and the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, qualifying in 1945.

He was a house officer at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, and then, in 1946, joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a graded pathologist and captain. He served for two years in Berlin.

He then returned to Belfast, where he was a registrar at the Royal Victoria Hospital. From 1951 to 1952 he held a research fellowship in San Francisco, working with Peter Forsham studying the use of adrenal steroids and adrenocorticotropic hormone.

In 1954 he was appointed as a consultant physician to Banbridge and Armagh City Hospital, and subsequently Lurgan and Portadown Hospital. From 1972, he was a consultant at Craigavon Hospital. He retired in 1987. He retained a special interest in endocrine disorders while working as a general physician.

In his spare time he enjoyed golf and gardening.

In 1952 he married Joan Scarlett Dales. They had two sons, two daughters and ten grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2015 351 6860 – accessed 23 December 2017]

(Volume XII, page web)

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