Idris JonesJ R BorgBernard Stringfellow CarterRobert Fisher (“Bob”) CogginsIan McBrideStephen Reginald James McNamara

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:78

Idris Jones

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Born to parents who had little formal education, Idris Jones won scholarships to both grammar school and King's College, London. While a medical student he also gained a BSc (subsequently an MSc) in zoology at evening classes at Chelsea Polytechnic. Having joined the staff of St Mary's Hospital, he spent the war at Harefield Hospital, where some of its departments had moved. He did military service in 1946-7 as a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Singapore and Burma, where he could indulge his fascination with tropical medicine and natural history. He was a notable and outstanding teacher with a great enthusiasm for his subject, and at Harefield he instituted a popular evening teaching round. He was also a prime mover in the 1960s in planning and raising funds for the Mount Vernon Hospital postgraduate centre. In retirement, from 1976 near Pwhelli, he had almost a second career as a locum consultant physician at the local district hospital at Bangor, fully joining its postgraduate life. He was a spiritual man who read and knew his Bible well, rarely missing a Sunday service and singing in a fine bass voice. His spare time was devoted to his family, garden, and natural history and biology. Predeceased by his wife, Marian, he leaves four children (three in the medical profession) and seven grandchildren (one a doctor). [Robert Jones, Hugh Jones, Neville Hodges, William Beer]

Evan Idris Jones, former consultant physician Harefield and Northwood Hospitals; b 1910; q King's 1934; MD, FRCP; died after a fall on 7 September 1996.

J R Borg

Former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Malta (b 1904; q Malta 1931; MD, FRCOG), died of myocardial ischaemia on 9 November 1996. He trained in Britain and Dublin before serving in the second world war in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He returned as a consultant to Malta in 1951 and was also a lecturer at the university. A keen collector of antiques, he was also a connoisseur of old master paintings and drawings. [Charles Borg]

Bernard Stringfellow Carter

Former ear, nose, and throat surgeon North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary (b 1909; q St Thomas's 1933; FRCSE), died after a stroke on 2 April 1996. During the war he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps as an ear, nose, and throat surgeon in the No 11 British General Hospital in Madagascar, Tripoli, Italy, and Sicily, returning to his post in the Potteries after demobilisation. Two years after his retirement he returned to clinical practice as an assistant in general practice, which he much enjoyed. He was captain of his local golf club, and latterly took up fishing, though he never achieved his ambition of catching a salmon. He leaves a wife, Aileen, and a daughter. [Iain Forrest-Hay]

Robert Fisher (“Bob”) Coggins

Former senior medical adviser Shell (b 1926; q Westminster 1950), died of diabetes and renal failure on 29 October 1996. At school he was captain of cricket, being coached by Jack Hobbs, and after qualifying and a short service commission in the Royal Air Force became resident medical officer at Westminster Children's Hospital. Joining Shell International in 1958, he worked overseas and in 1971 was appointed senior adviser for its marine services and tanker fleet, being concerned with the medical aspects of tanker safety and the carriage of liquids in bulk by sea. He was an accomplished pianist, interested in animals, astronomy, and archaeology, and devoted much of his time to the historical aspects of Christianity. Predeceased by his first wife, Margaret, he leaves his second wife, Vera, and a daughter. []

Ian McBride

Former consultant obstetrician Queen Mother's Hospital Glasgow (b Auchenheath, Lanarkshire, 1914; q Glasgow 1937; MD (high commendation), FRCOG), d 7 August 1996. During the war he served in the Royal Air Force medical branch, taking part in the invasion of Crete, and after it he specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology, carrying out important research into cancer of the uterus at the Royal Samaritan Hospital, Glasgow. An early bird, he had a habit of phoning juniors at 7.30 am and asking them what they were going to do “about that unfortunate Mrs X, who has been in labour all night?” When the Queen Mother's Hospital was about to open in 1964, Ian approached Professor Ian Donald with characteristic directness, asking him whether he was wanted or not, receiving a slightly embarassed answer–“Yes”–a good thing, since the hospital would never have had the practical success it had without Ian McBride, and he earned his nickname of “The Master” from his younger colleagues. He was appointed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as its first postgraduate adviser for the vast area of the west of Scotland, taking as his motto “all hospitals are teaching hospitals.” After retirement at 60 he did a full university course in history at York, joining a class of 20 year olds, with whom he graduated in 1978. He leaves a wife, Sunny. [James Willocks]

Stephen Reginald James McNamara

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Associate specialist in elderly care, Dorset County Hospital (b Manchester 1939; q King's 1967; MRCP, DRCOG), died of an acute myocardial infarction on 22 May 1996. The eldest son of a civil engineer, he initially pursued the same profession before deciding to take up medicine. A cultured man, and a staunch republican, he was always willing to bend his hearer's ear in political or philosophical debate. He leaves a wife, Margaret, four children (one a doctor), and two grandchildren. [Paul McNamara]

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