John Anthony Parrish

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 24 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6858
  1. John R Parrish

John Anthony Parrish (“Tony”) grew up in Tadworth, where his father, the local GP, had his surgery at their house, Killaser.

The end of the war meant the end of Tony’s dream to join the Royal Air Force, and after a period of dithering he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. After a year of learning the basic sciences, he went to St Bartholomew’s medical school in London. After qualifying he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and served in the Middle East, rising to the rank of major.

Tony did not have to look far for a wife—“EJ” was the younger sister of his best friend since childhood, Mike. Tony and EJ married in 1958 and moved to Ann Arbor in Michigan, US, for a year, while Tony did a doctorate, and then they returned to live in Barnet. When Tony took a post in Croydon as a medical consultant, they moved to Oakwood Avenue, Purley.

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