Obituaries

Harry AngelmanShevan AbdulKarim AyoubWalter CalvertSheila Mary Ross Dronfield (née Williams)Jean Lilian HallumEdward Harford-ReesFrank Edward HobbsAir Vice Marshall Thomas (“Tom”) Conchar MacdonaldThomas Goronwy OwenAlex Norman Barron StottBasil StricklandJennifer Ann Thomson (née Chown)

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7075.231 (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:231

Harry Angelman



Consultant paediatrician Warrington 1950-76 (b Birkenhead 1915; q Liverpool 1938; MD, FRCP), died of a malignant tumour of the sigmoid colon on 8 August 1996. After house jobs he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in India, where among other duties he looked after the Italian prisoners of war, becoming fascinated with the Italian language. Subsequently he translated several medical books from Italian into English, becoming a fellow of the Institute of Linguists, and it was a chance event while on holiday in Verona that gave him the name for a new syndrome. He saw a mediaeval painting by Carotto called “Boy with a puppet,” and then applied the term “puppet children” to three children he had had under his care with an identical condition that had never been described before, recording his observations in a paper in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology in 1965. Subsequently similar examples were recorded in the United States, Australia, and several European countries, while the name of the condition was changed to “Angelman's syndrome.” Visits to the United States enabled him to meet researchers and affected families through the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, and President Clinton paid him a tribute, saying that he had improved lives and brought comfort to many. “On behalf of all those who have benefitted from your work, I thank you for a job well done.” He leaves a wife, Audrey. [Audrey Angelman, Robert Todd]

Shevan AbdulKarim Ayoub

Staff grade obstetrician and gynaecologist, Poole General Hospital 1992-6 (b Mosul, Iraq 1951; q Baghdad 1974), died of myocardial infarction on 17 February 1996. He travelled to Britain for postgraduate study in obstetrics and gynaecology in 1978 and did a variety of house jobs as well as a year in general practice in Bournemouth before being appointed at Poole in 1992. He never lost his …

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