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Biographical entry Carroll, Raymund Noel Patrick (1938 - 2011)

MRCS and FRCS 1970; MB BCh BAO Dublin 1962; BSc 1964; LLM Wales 2001; FRCS Edin 1968.

25 November 1938
26 July 2011


Ray Carroll was a urologist in Manchester. He was educated at Belvedere College in Ireland, where he excelled at sport, particularly rugby and cricket, and in his final year was appointed captain of the school. He followed his father into medicine, qualifying from University College Dublin, where he obtained the gold medal in surgery and subsequently chose urology as his specialty.

He moved to England in 1964, working at Hammersmith Hospital and, on completion of his urological training in 1974, he was appointed as a consultant urologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) and as a clinical lecturer in surgery at Manchester University Medical School.

In 1972, whilst still a senior registrar at Manchester's Christie Hospital, Ray became the first president of the Urostomy Association, which had its origins at the Christie, fulfilling this role until 1983 with his customary enthusiasm. This enthusiasm and attention to detail pervaded his clinical, teaching and administrative work throughout his professional life. At the MRI he was active in setting up a range of new clinical services and was largely responsible for the commissioning of a new surgical wing there in 2001.

Ray also had a wide ranging and successful medico-legal practice, which he continued to develop after his retirement from the NHS in 1999. In 2001 he obtained a master of laws degree in the legal aspects of medical practice from Cardiff Law School at the University of Wales

Away from medicine, Ray's passion for rugby never dwindled. He was a keen follower, both at home and abroad, and was a fund of sporting knowledge, enhanced by his collection of some 1,400 rugby books and memorabilia, which he generously donated to Belvedere College.

Lewy body disease sadly forced his retirement from both private and medico-legal practice in 2007.

Throughout his professional life in England and after he was loyally supported by his wife Liz, an ex-nurse, with whom he had three children, Andrew, Peter and Katherine. He was also the proud grandfather of Camela, Sofia, Niamh and Rory. He died on 26 July 2011, at the age of 72.

David J Farrar
N Alan Green

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Liz Carroll and family].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England