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Born in India, Supriyo (“Sip”) Roy was educated in Geneva before starting medical training. He married Gwynneth, a fellow medic, in 1965.
His career took him through paediatrics and general medicine to his chosen path in rheumatology. Outside of work interests included hill walking, travelling, photography, and gardening.
Appointed consultant in rheumatology to Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1973, he played a leading role in restructuring a chronically underfunded department. At various times he was president of Midland Rheumatology Society, Leicester Medical Society, and the Leicester and Rutland branch of the BMA. Throughout his career he was committed to teaching medical students; indeed, up to the time of his death, although officially retired, he still enjoyed teaching regularly. To all who knew him—patients, colleagues, and students—he stood apart as a quiet, unassuming, kindly physician. He believed passionately in the commitment required of a doctor and was quietly critical when he observed, in others, lapses from the exceptionally high standards he set himself. He leaves his wife, daughters Shireen and Sonia (a consultant psychiatrist), and two grandsons.