Roy, Donald Whatley

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Roy, Donald Whatley

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Born 22nd May 1881 the son of Rev James Roy, Rector of Stockton Forest, York. Educated at St Peter's School, York and Sydney Sussex, Cambridge.

He entered St George's Hospital in 1903 where he was awarded an entrance scholarship and the Brodie Prize. He held house appointments after qualification as house surgeon, house physician and obstetric assistant. This was followed by an appointment as obstetric registrar and tutor, after which he was elected to the consultant staff of St George's as casualty obstetric surgeon and to the Samaritan Hospital for Women as consulting surgeon. He was also physician and lecturer at the General Lying-in Hospital and obstetrical and gynaecological consultant to LCC Hospitals.

During the first world war he served as a surgeon RNVR from 1914-1917 in the hospital ships Asturias and Plassey attached to the Grand Fleet. In 1917-1918 he was an acting Major in the RAMC attached to Northampton War Hospital.

He became senior examiner in obstetrics and gynaecology to the Board of Advanced Studies of London University and at Cambridge, and for the Conjoint Board, the Society of Apothecaries, and the Midwives Board. He was an honorary secretary and vice-president of the Section of Obstetrics of the Royal Society of Medicine, and vice-president of the Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Medical Association. He practiced in Upper Brook Street, then in Chandos Place, before retiring to Newbury in 1938.

He died in York on 9th December 1960 aged 79, survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.


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