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BMJ. 2007 August 25; 335(7616): 405.
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Richard Lewis McCorry

Richard McCorry was brought up and educated in Belfast, where his father was a sugar and tea importer; his mother was French from a colonial family in Mauritius.

Following junior medical appointments in Belfast, Harrogate, and Hemel Hempstead, he became consultant pathologist at Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh, in 1957, later moving to the Ulster Hospital in 1961, where he evolved into a very effective chemical pathologist. His enduring legacy has been the training programme for chemical pathology in Northern Ireland that he created and which, through his thoughtful analysis and clear vision, became a gold standard for the specialty with its strong emphasis on clinical and scientific knowledge, management, and computer skills.

His life, both professional and private, was characterised by conscientiousness allied with great integrity, quiet encouragement, and gentle humour. In retirement he continued to enjoy hill walking and sailing until these were curtailed by peripheral vascular disease. He became a member of the Royal Society of Photographers and a competent potter. He was an extensive reader of literature, science, and philosophy. He remained highly creative and intellectually curious right to the end of his life. He was a noble man, a treasured companion, and a great role model.

He leaves behind two children from his first marriage, Deirdre and Aileen; his second wife, Marie; and three stepchildren.


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