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Biographical entry Price, Thomas John Grahame (1917 - 1984)

CBE 1976; KStJ 1971; MRCS 1942; FRCS (by election) 1970; DOMS 1949; QHP 1976; LRCP 1942.

20 July 1917
Exmouth, Devonshire
7 April 1984
Ophthalmic surgeon


Thomas John Grahame Price was born in Exmouth, Devonshire, on 20 July 1917, the son of John Henry Noel Price, an engineer and civil servant, and his wife Rosalie Alberta, née Newcombe. His early education was at King's College, Taunton, and subsequently he entered St Mary's Hospital as a Kitchener scholar, qualifying in 1942. He joined the Royal Air Force in the same year and was initially seconded to his teaching hospital as a house officer in ophthalmology and dermatology and senior house officer in obstetrics and gynaecology. Returning to the Royal Air Force in 1943 he served as a squadron medical officer in Burma and as ophthalmic surgeon at Number 9 Hospital, Calcutta. After the war he was posted to the night vision training school at RAF Worksop and later as ophthalmic surgeon at Ely, Halton and Fayid. He passed the DOMS in 1949 and was particularly interested in the ophthalmic problems of flying with special regard to enabling some pilots to continue a flying career after losing an eye. He served as warden of St John's Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem during 1955 and 1956 and was later senior ophthalmic surgeon to the Royal Air Force Hospitals at Halton and at Wegberg in Germany. He passed the FRCS in 1970, served on NATO aerospace medical panel and became liveryman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and Freeman of the City of London in 1972. He wrote chapters on the role of visual standards in the selection of flying personnel and on visual problems in aviation medicine. His final service appointment was as consultant adviser in ophthalmology to the Central Medical Establishment of the Royal Air force from 1964 to 1977 and during part of this time he was also consultant adviser in ophthalmology to the Civil Aviation Authority. He was created a Knight of the most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1971, was awarded the CBE in 1976 and appointed honorary physician to the Queen from 1976 to 1978.

After leaving the Royal Air Force he lived at Tiverton, Devon, and continued to practise ophthalmology mainly doing locum appointments. His outside interests were in photography, gardening and travel. He married Marie Doreen Pendleton on 25 March 1944 and they had two daughters and a son. He died on 7 April 1984 aged 66 survived by his wife and a son and daughter.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1984, 288, 1544].

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