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Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Last week, I received the sad news that Dr Jim
Birley – one of our former Presidents – passed away on 6 October at
the age of 85.
Dr Birley was
a remarkable man who is remembered fondly by the College and
everyone who he worked with.
Winchester College, Oxford University and St Thomas’ Hosiptal,
London, he first became interested in psychiatry while working in
Germany, in the army, as a (conscript) Junior Medical
obtaining the MRCP (London) he worked for a year with Dr William
Sargant. In 1960, he went to the Maudsley Hospital where he stayed
for the rest of his career.
actively involved in the work of the College for many years. He was
Dean from 1982-87, and President from 1987-90. He was made Honorary
Fellow of the College in 1991. That same year, he retired from
clinical work but he remained active in medical circles and was
elected President of the British Medical Association for
I will always remember Jim as a man who truly
epitomised intelligent kindness. If you have any memories of him,
please share them with us by emailing the Website Manager, who will
upload your thoughts to this blog.
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