Obituaries

Angus Gordon MacIverJohn Nutter ParkerMargaretta (“Peggy”) McLean Poston (née Macmillan)Peter William RugglesDavid RumneyEric Samuel

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7099.63 (Published 05 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:63

Angus Gordon MacIver


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Consultant histopathologist Southmead Hospital Bristol 1984-97 (b Weybridge 1940; q The London 1964; MD, FRCPath), died suddenly on 28 March 1997. He trained in histopathology at Oxford and then moved to Southampton, where his interest in renal disease increased. As renal pathologist at Southmead he enjoyed the freedom and autonomy of an NHS post, while continuing his research and teaching and examining. Exam candidates speak of his broad mischievous grin as he watched them dig themselves deeper into a pathological hole. Although his car was almost always the last to leave the consultants' car park, he was always ready to take on more work, as head of department uniting the cytology and histology departments, travelling around Britain as an accreditation inspector, and supervising research projects. He was happier only when at home with his family, and his badger-harassed hens, succulent sheep, and reluctant vegetables. He enjoyed watching rugby and point to points, music, and theatre. Predeceased by an infant son, he leaves a wife, Vickie, and three sons.

[P A Burton]

John Nutter Parker

Former consultant chest physician Victoria Hospital Blackpool (b Turton 1909; q Manchester 1935; DPH), d 20 April 1997. He served as senior medical officer in Salford until the outbreak of war, when he volunteered unsuccessfully for the Royal Air Force. After further posts he became a tuberculosis officer with the Lancashire County Council and was appointed to Blackpool at the start of the National Health Service. He was a perfectionist cricketer, and had captained his school and Lytham Cricket Club, as well as a rail enthusiast and fell walker. He leaves a wife, Sheila.

[Sheila Parker]

Margaretta (“Peggy”) McLean Poston (née Macmillan)


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Consultant anaesthetist Oldham Hospital 1946-68 (b Donegal 1901; q Belfast 1922), died of myocardial failure on 1 April 1997. She entered medical school at the age of 16 and shortly after graduating at the age of 21 married a fellow student. In 1925 she joined the staff at Salford Royal Infirmary and regularly gave anaesthetics for both Sir Geoffrey Jefferson, the neurosurgeon, and Sir Harry Platt, the orthopaedic surgeon. In 1936 she gave the anaesthetic for the first pancreato-duodenectomy (Whipple procedure) carried out in Britain. After the war, which she spent as anaesthetist to the Emergency Medical Service, she joined Oldham Hospital, regularly anaesthetising for Sir Patrick Steptoe, the obstetrician and gynaecologist. Among her outside interests were bridge (she played at county level for Lancashire) and the Guides (she had been a commissioner in Manchester before the war). Predeceased by her husband, Dick (a general practitioner), she leaves a son (also a general practitioner), four grandchildren (one a consultant surgeon), and four great grandchildren.

[R G M Poston, G J Poston]

Peter William Ruggles

General practitioner High Halstow, Kent 1956-89 (b Ealing 1927; q Guy's 1950; MRCGP), d 9 April 1997. He served in the Royal Navy from 1951 to 1955, and thereafter in general practice and worked as a hospital medical practitioner in the Rochester diabetic clinic. He was active in the BMA, being chairman of the Medway division, and a member of the local medical committee. He was a keen pianist and sailor, and as a practising Christian he served as churchwarden at his local village church. He leaves a wife, Margaret; four children; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

[Margaret Ruggles]

David Rumney

Former consultant psychiatrist Portman Clinic (b Leeds 1913; q UCH 1939; DPM, MRCPsych; MC), died of ischaemic heart disease on 8 January 1997. On qualifying he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in north Africa and received the Military Cross. After being seriously wounded he was held as a prisoner of war for two years. On demobilisation he trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and then practised child psychiatry for over 30 years. A most cultured and erudite man, he spoke seven languages fluently and read widely. He also completed a biography of Grace Pailthorpe, cofounder of the Portman Clinic. He leaves three daughters and five grandchildren.

[Bryan Lask]

Eric Samuel

Forbes professor of medical radiology Edinburgh 1970-8 (b Cymyllfell 1914; q Middlesex 1936; MD, FFR; CBE), died of a glioblastoma on 27 April 1997. During the war he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, commanding the army school of radiology and later becoming radiology adviser to the army. In 1946 he was the youngest honorary consultant radiologist ever to be appointed at the Middlesex Hospital. The next year he was appointed to a post at the South Rand Hospital in Johannesburg, returning to Britain in 1958 as director of the department of radiology at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He was one of the pioneers of modern thermography, instituting a screening service for carcinoma of the breast. He also played a major part in providing a radiological service for general practitioners. He had a particular interest in the radiological anatomy and pathology of the middle ear, making an invaluable contribution to the diagnosis of mastoid disease and publishing a textbook on the clinical radiology of the ear, nose, and throat as well as many original articles and chapters in textbooks. The first editor of the British Journal of Radiology, for many years he was also secretary and treasurer of the International Society of Radiology. He received several honorary fellowships of foreign radiological societies as well as a doctorate of science from the University of Wales on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

[M J G Davies]

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