Obituaries

Frederick Brown (“Freddie”) CoatesDonald John BrooksbankPatricia Anne Crichton (“Paddy” Russell)Joan Elizabeth (“Liz”) Duncan (née Glassey)George HarrisonGirlie Chilkah Reddy (née Naidoo)Alison Ballenden Semple (née Cruickshank)Sydney Nathaniel SwirskyLindsay WilkieMichael Roger WilliamsHarold Thomas Heneage Wilson

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7088.1204 (Published 19 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1204

Frederick Brown (“Freddie”) Coates


General practitioner Bradford 1948-76 (b Bradford 1911; q Leeds 1934) died of congestive heart failure and left ventricular failure on 3 February 1997. After wartime service in the Royal Army Medical Corps in India and Burma he practised single-handedly until 1964, often walking to calls in the dire fog which enveloped Bradford in the 1950s. Despite this extremely busy practice in one of the most notorious housing estates in Bradford he worked tirelessly for the BMA, being secretary of the local division for nine years, chairman, and a representative. A member of several central committees, he was much involved in the innovations in general practice in the 1950s and 1960s, and was made a fellow and then a life member of the BMA. He was also an active Freemason, receiving provincial honours in 1988, and after retirement continued to do boards for the Department of Health until 1983. In retirement he survived aortic valve replacement and continued a lifelong interest in photography and stamp collecting, also taking up computing. He leaves a wife, Mary; two daughters; and two grandchildren. [Sally D Blackburn]

Donald John Brooksbank

Medical officer Department of Health 1986-94 (b Queensland 1938; q Sydney 1966; DPM, FRCPsych), died by his own hand on 5 August 1996. Beginning psychiatric training in Australia, he came to Britain in 1971 and undertook further training in child psychiatry and psychoanalysis before obtaining consultant posts in Kent and later in London. He joined the Department of Health in 1986, where he made a major contribution to work on learning disabilities and specialist adolescent units. More recently he took a key role in raising the profile of the needs of the young with mental health problems. Although a man of wide interests, intellectual energy, and wit, and a great raconteur when on form, his life had been …

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