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Brian Maurice Adams, MB BCh BAO 1963 (1939-2009)

At school Brian played hockey on the team which won the Burney Cup in 1957 and was a keen member of the Royal Naval Section of the CCF.

Queen’s University Medical School was Brian’s destination as a Royal Navy Scholar where he represented Queen’s at golf.  After qualifying as a doctor in 1963, he became a house officer in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Subsequently he trained as a radiologist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London as he commenced his career in the Royal Navy.  In this he was following in the footsteps of his father, Admiral Maurice Adams, an ophthalmologist who was also a Queen’s graduate.  It was at this time that he met and married a young Scottish physiotherapist, Fiona.

Brian’s first overseas posting was to the Royal Naval Hospital, Bighi in Malta.  It was from there that Fiona and baby Richard were evacuated on the “Stork Flight” when Don Mintoff asked the British to leave. 

In 1975 the Adams family were evacuated in a similar manner for Singapore.  Brian became the Head of Radiology at the Royal Naval Hospital in Plymouth with the rank of Surgeon Commander.

At the age of fifty, he left the Royal Nay to join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as a ship’s doctor.  He retired in 1996 following a severe stroke (his second) from which he made a good recovery.

In retirement Brian continued to strive to play golf to his usual high standard and to tour Britain and the continent with Fiona in their caravan.  He had two enjoyable visits to Northern Ireland to visit friends from his days as a medical student at Queen’s.

Brian is survived by his wife Fiona, son Richard and daughter Lindsay, and his sisters Moya Ashby and Pat Adams.




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