William Ramsay

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 22 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1255
  1. Anne Marie Hamilton

William Ramsay was born at the home farm in north Antrim. He was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution and graduated in Medicine from Queens University, Belfast in 1953. He had a varied career, which included being an assistant ship’s surgeon with P&O Lines and public health work in Gloucestershire, Yorkshire, and Co Antrim. He then joined a general practice in Portadown, Co Armagh, where he served for 30 years. During these years he was secretary and treasurer of the local branch of the BMA for nine years, becoming chairman in 1981. He was honoured by the RCGP with a fellowship and became provost in 1991.

In his retirement he continued to attend BMA and college meetings. Outside his medical interests, he was involved in local politics, being an alliance councillor for 16 years in Craigavon borough council. He was a past president of the Rotary Club and latterly a member of Probus. He was also an elder in his church and promoted many interchurch events and cross community events.

He is survived by his wife, Lilian; two children; and four grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1255


  • Former general practitioner, Portadown (b 1930; q Belfast 1953; MD, DPH, FRCGP), d 18 May 2011.