John Hardy Price (OS 1947)
It is with great regret that I record the death of John Hardy Price on 1st October 2014, aged 84.
He qualified as a doctor in 1953 at Manchester University medical school and he played cricket for the university 1st XI.
During national service he was posted to the medical reception station at Maan in Jordan and, as well as serving the army requirements, he gave medical support to Arab and Bedouin groups in the area.
In 30 years in general practice in the Spaghetti Junction area of Birmingham he undertook vocational training of new GPs and was honorary senior clinical lecturer in psychiatry at Birmingham University. He was elected a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1977 and was provost and chairman of the Midland faculty. He was also chairman of the Birmingham branch of the British Medical Association.
He served as a magistrate on the Birmingham bench.
John married Elizabeth Thomas in 1954, both of them having qualified from the medical school and Elizabeth joined the practice in 1963.
Heart problems and the fitting of a pacemaker forced John to retire in 1986 and he and his wife moved to the Wye valley. They became deeply integrated into the local community in formal and informal roles during many happy years there.
He is survived by Elizabeth, their two sons and two grandsons.
David W Price (OS 1941-1951)