Sylvia Gyde obituary


My spouse, Sylvia Gyde, who has died aged 88, was a medical researcher and NHS administrator. She labored for plenty of years in public well being, a task through which she constantly argued for the foundation social, financial and environmental causes of sick well being to be higher addressed.

After a stint as a GP, Sylvia started her analysis profession wanting into Crohn’s illness at Birmingham common hospital. Within the late Nineteen Eighties she served as medical director of the West Midlands mortality survey, a job that satisfied her of the necessity for higher public well being drugs. It additionally led to her appointment as director of public well being at North Birmingham well being authority (1988-94).

Later she returned to the analysis area as medical director of scientific audit for the West Midlands (1994-96) after which medical director of the Proof Supported Drugs Union (1996-97), methods to enhance affected person care, till her retirement within the late Nineties.

Born in Llanidloes, mid-Wales, to Robert Clayton, a tannery supervisor, and Violet (nee Marshall), a chartered secretary, Sylvia grew up together with her household within the village of Combs in Suffolk, the place her early childhood was idyllic, till she went as a scholarship boarder to St Felix faculty in Southwold, the place she was depressing and rebellious.

Nonetheless she secured a scholarship to check drugs at Somerville Faculty, Oxford (1954-57). These had been among the happiest years of her life, singing in choirs and having fun with a large circle of mates that included the playwright Alan Bennett.

Sylvia and I had been married in 1961, after we had each accomplished our scientific
coaching on the London Hospital medical faculty. 4 youngsters adopted
in six years; and but throughout that point she nonetheless discovered the vitality to
arrange a household planning clinic on a council property in Woolwich, south-east London.

After we moved to Birmingham in 1972 Sylvia had three years typically
observe earlier than embarking on her six years of analysis into Crohn’s illness at Birmingham – work that generated an necessary collection of papers on inflammatory bowel illness.

In retirement Sylvia sang in varied choirs, sorted her roses at our bolthole in Besançon, japanese France, and have become an completed ceramicist. She suffered the gradual decline of her reminiscence and bodily well being with persistence and dignity, remaining a loving spouse, devoted mom and grandmother and, above all, very a lot herself till the top.

She is survived by me, our youngsters, Emily, Humphrey, Helen and Edward, and 4 grandchildren.


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