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John Stewart GrovesDuncan William HendryPeter Borden MaxtedHenri MoussalliSabaratnam SabanathanJaleel Ahmed ShaikhRobert SimpsonDavid Hodgson SmithPremsyl (“Premek”) Jiri SonnekChristopher John Helps StareyHugh StirlingSheila Mary Tocher

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7100.126 (Published 12 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:126

John Stewart Groves

Consultant ophthalmologist Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital 1955-85 (b Harrogate 1921; q Leeds 1943; DOMS, FRCS), died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm on 23 March 1997. He was an extremely talented and deft anterior segment surgeon, and was extensively involved in training junior medical staff, many of whom came from India and Pakistan. In recognition of this he was awarded honorary membership of the Ophthalmological Society of Pakistan when he visited that country in 1996. His craftsmanship extended beyond the operating theatre and after retirement he turned his hand to fine metalwork and woodwork. He also travelled widely in southern Europe, having become an accomplished ocean going yachtsman. He leaves a wife, Janette, and two daughters. [Ian Calder]

Duncan William Hendry

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist George Eliot Hospital Nuneaton 1948-75 (b Denny, Stirlingshire, 1910; q Glasgow 1932; MD (high commendation), FRCOG), died of prostatic cancer on 4 May 1997. He entered university at the age of 16, and his lifelong interest in obstetrics and particularly maternal morbidity was fired by the death in childbirth of his father's first wife. After hospital posts he entered general practice in Nuneaton in 1937, but at the outbreak of war volunteered for the Royal Army Medical Corps and saw service with the 173 Field Ambulance at Dunkirk and in north Africa and Burma, where he was attached to the Chindits. After demobilisation he returned to general practice and took charge of maternity care at the Manor Hospital in Nuneaton. After passing the MRCOG he was appointed a consultant at the beginning of the National Health Service. He served on numerous local and regional committees, being president of the Rotary Club and chairman of the BMA division. After retirement he continued to provide antenatal and some gynaecological care for the practice he had started in, finally retiring at the …

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