Richard Cenric Humphreys

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 10 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3051
  1. David Humphreys

Born in Wales in 1924, Richard Cenric Humphreys (“Cen”) graduated in Edinburgh in 1946. After service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, spent mainly on troopships in the Middle East and Far East, he embarked on research into weight changes in pregnancy; this resulted in an MD with high commendation in 1953.

Having gone initially on a temporary basis in 1950 he stayed in Crickhowell until he retired in 1984. During this time he was much involved in medical education, serving as RCGP tutor in the Nevill Hall postgraduate centre and as a member and chairman of the general practice subcommittee of the committee for postgraduate medical education in Wales. A passionate believer in the value of community hospitals, he led a vigorous campaign to save the Crickhowell War Memorial Hospital, which was closed in 1970.

Cen served on many NHS committees and working parties and was the GP member of the Powys area health authority from 1974 to 1978. He served on the Committee on Review of Medicines from 1978 to 1984 and was chairman of the Welsh council of the RCGP in 1986-89. He also chaired the ethics committee of Simbec, a company involved in drug trials on human volunteers between 1984 and 1989. He wrote frequently in the medical press and was regular contributor to the journal World Medicine.

In his retirement, he was awarded an OBE in 1985 for services to medicine in Wales. He continued to engage in various professional activities as well as involving himself in several charities and the local history society, and in serving as a member of the court of governors of University College Swansea. Drawing on his extensive experience of the subject, he wrote a short book entitled A History of Research in General Practice in Wales 1950-1992.

He was predeceased by his wife, Norah, in 2003, whom he nursed through a long illness. He leaves a daughter, two sons, and eight grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3051


  • General practitioner Crickhowell, Powys (b 1924; q Edinburgh 1946; OBE, MD, FRCGP DRCOG), d 14 May 2015.

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