John Sinclair CalderArnold DysonChristopher Landale GrandageDavid Lloyd GriffithsTrevor William Guyse KinnearHenry Harold Brian LambWilhemina Mary Grace Macdonald-SmithNoel ReillyHarold Frederick SchuknechtGeorge John van KlaverenGraham Charles VossBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7091.1419 (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1419
Trainee plastic and reconstructive surgeon Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge (b 1960; q The London 1985; FRCS), died in a motor vehicle accident on 4 February 1997. He spent his childhood on his parents' arable farm in Leicestershire and developed a love for the countryside and for rural pursuits. He embarked on clinical training in plastic surgery at Mount Vernon Hospital. He then secured a post as a research fellow at East Grinstead, initiating studies on the cellular events associated with peripheral nerve regeneration and the use of synthetic and autografted materials as nerve conduits for the reconstruction of gaps in damaged peripheral nerves. Within months of starting this work he lost his first wife, Kim, and her expected baby from a sudden and overwhelming infection. He showed characteristic strength in helping his two young daughters come to terms with the loss of their mother, and with resilience he continued his academic work.
In 1995 he married Karen, herself widowed after a motor accident and with two young children, and he was delighted by the birth of a son during the last days of that year. Intelligent, imaginative, and self confident, he had a bountiful supply of ideas; on rare occasions this might lead to more expansive speculation than might appear circumspect, while his questioning of received conclusions sometimes verged on the rebellious. Nevertheless, his knowledge of the field was widely respected, gaining him a place on the editorial board of Microsurgery at an early age. His death came only two weeks after he had secured his entrance to higher surgical training and a career in plastic surgery, while his thesis for a doctorate of medicine was on the point of submission and he looked forward to the oral examination. He leaves his wife, Karen, and five children.
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