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Biographical entry Greig, George William Vause (1914 - 1974)

MRCS 1937; FRCS 1949; MB ChB Leeds 1937; LRCP 1937.

17 May 1914
Wilsden, Yorkshire
27 July 1974
General surgeon


Born on 17 May 1914 at Wilsden, Yorkshire, George William Vause Greig was educated at Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge, and graduated in medicine with honours at Leeds in 1937. He joined the RAMC in 1939 and served in the Norway campaign of 1940 and later in India and Burma, attaining the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, and was mentioned in the dispatches.

Returning to Leeds after the war, he took the FRCS in 1949 and held registrar posts at Leeds General Infirmary. In 1950 he was appointed consultant surgeon to the South Down Group of Hospitals and in 1963 moved to Lagan Valley Hospital.

Greig had a forthright manner and a dislike of humbug, but all who knew and worked with him soon recognized his great qualities of honesty and fairness. He was a fine surgeon, a good teacher and a firm believer in the policy of not having a waiting list, but operating on those who needed surgery as soon as possible. He was an excellent committee man. His main recreation was golf and for over twenty years he was an active and enthusiastic member of the Royal County Down Golf Club. He always liked to wear a rose in his button-hole. In 1947 he married Mary Matheson, MB ChB DPH and they had three daughters and one son.

During his service in Burma he contracted tuberculosis, and the lung lesion never healed. He showed great determination and courage in carrying on working with an active lung lesion for over thirty years, operating even right up to the day before he collapsed and died, 27 July 1974.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1974, 3, 632-33; Information from Mrs Greig].

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