In Memoriam (Melvyn Bayly Jr.)
Melvyn A. Bayly Jr., MD ’71, emeritus associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the Feinberg School, died October 31 of cancer. He was 60.
A faculty member since 1978, Dr. Bayly received emeritus status shortly before he passed away. Dr. Bayly spent his career at his alma mater and the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He served as a gynecologic consultant for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, co-director of the colposcopy clinic for 27 years and chief of the medical staff of Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), and president of the Chicago Gynecologic Society. Dr. Bayly was also chair of NMH’s Staff Qualifications Committee and Ethics Committee.
Dr. Bayly attended Evanston Township High School, where he excelled in academics and gymnastics. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, Dr. Bayly came to Northwestern for his medical studies. He went to Dallas Texas Southwestern University Medical Center and Parkland Hospital for residency training in obstetrics and gynecology. He served three years in the Army in Germany at Landstuhl Medical Center before returning to Northwestern.
Dr. Bayly engaged in many hobbies including underwater photography, sailing, and stamp collecting. He also adored his two dogs and two cats. He maintained his passion for patient care and looked after his patients throughout his illness, stating, “This is why I am here.”
Dr. Bayly is survived by wife Libbie; children Leslie and Andrew; parents Lila and Melvyn A. Bayly Sr., MD ’44, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynecology; sister Marsha; and brothers Ronn and Philip.
A memorial service was held at Alice Millar Chapel on Northwestern’s Evanston campus November 5.