Obituaries

John BirchClifford James CobbeRalph John Chevallier CobboldRichard Butler DobsonAndrew Atholl DuncanAnup Kumar DuttRalph Emery

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7090.1354 (Published 03 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1354

John Birch

Former general practitioner Southsea (b 1910; q St Bartholomew's 1942), died of cancer of the prostate on 29 January 1997. From 1939 to 1942 he served as a student casualty officer and firewatcher during the height of the London blitz and, after qualification with the Royal Army Medical Corps, in the Middle East. He leaves a wife, Kathleen; two daughters; and a son. [Kenneth Vickery]

Clifford James Cobbe

General practitioner Acton 1936-82 (b Nottingham 1911; q St Thomas's 1934; FRCGP; MBE), d 24 February 1997. During the war he served in north Africa, where as a fluent French speaker he was seconded as medical liaison officer to the French 19 Corps. For this work he was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the MBE. Resuming practice in Acton, he became a leading figure in the medical community, serving as secretary then chairman of the local BMA division and on the Middlesex Local Medical Committee and being made a fellow of the BMA. Predeceased by his first wife, Aileen (a doctor), he leaves a second wife, Pauline; two sons (one a consultant anaesthetist); a daughter; and five grandchildren. His daughter succeeded him in the practice and is shortly to be joined by her daughter as …

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