John Barris was born at Southsea, the son of Arthur Paulin Barris, merchant, of London, and his wife Caroline Bridget Davis. He was educated at the West Kent Grammar School and Caius College, Cambridge, and, after graduating as B.A. in 1901, went on to qualify at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital four years later. He was awarded the Shuter scholarship in 1903 and the Luther Holden research scholarship in 1908, and took the F.R.C.S. in 1909. He served in a number of junior appointments in his own Hospital, at the Royal Waterloo Hospital, and at the City of London Lying-In Hospital, before being appointed assistant physician-accoucheur on the St. Bartholomew’s staff in 1913. He served as a captain in France during the 1914-1918 War. He retired to the consulting staff of the Hospital in 1939, having been full physician-accoucheur since 1925, but immediately returned to his department when the second World War began and continued work till 1945. Barris examined for Cambridge and London Universities and for the Royal College of Physicians, and was elected an F.R.C.O.G. in 1929. A contributor to Midwifery by Ten Teachers (1917) and Diseases of Women by Ten Teachers (1919), he was himself a fine teacher and devoted to his Hospital. He was a keen follower of the Hospital’s rugby club and its president for a dozen years. He married in 1901 Margaret Morris and had three daughters. He died in St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1946; B.M.J., 1946; Al.Cantab., I, 169; Biog.Hist.of Caius College, ii, 555]