Obituaries

Hilda CantrellSeán CoyleBenjamin Glen DaltonConstance Marion (“Con”) Davis (née Bradbury)Freda C J Fawcett (née Nicoll)Walter Stephen HartThomas Michael HennebryJohn Glyn JonesCharles LangmaidDouglas Craig LillieJohn Lawrence PattonJohn Ernest TinneAlexander Hutton (“Sandy”) Wilson

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7102.256 (Published 26 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:256

Hilda Cantrell


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General practitioner Liverpool 1926-74 (b Liverpool 1899; q Liverpool 1923), d 28 April 1997. Her great-grandfather had been at Waterloo with Surgeon Hennesey and later qualified in medicine. After graduating Hilda was encouraged in her obstetric skills but chose general practice (albeit with a large obstetric element), building up from nothing and sustained in the early years by part time public health clinics. Outside the practice she was a divisional surgeon for St John (and became an officer of the order). Predeceased by her husband, Sydney, she leaves a daughter. [J H E Carmichael]

Seán Coyle

Senior registrar in chemical pathology St James's Hospital, Leeds 1990-97 (b 1957; q Edinburgh 1981 (distinction in four subjects), d 23 April 1997. He began his training at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, and maintained a consistent enthusiasm for the investigation of phosphate metabolism and its relevance to health and disease. An outstanding achievement was to show that the advice on phosphate replacement therapy in the British National Formulary was incorrect, which led to a change in the advice offered. He had also been investigating the metabolic basis of the chronic fatigue syndrome. A keen teacher and supervisor of student BSc projects, Seán made lively contributions to the departmental clinical case discussions, which were enriched by the depth of his knowledge. [M J Henderson]

Benjamin Glen Dalton

Trainee plastic surgeon (b 1967; q Royal London 1991; FRCSE), was fatally shot while travelling with his wife through northern Congo on 15 March 1997. He was a leading figure in his year at medical school and a handsome, accomplished musician, always performing in either the music or drama societies and college bands. He did various house jobs and briefly worked as a registrar in plastic surgery at the Royal London Hospital before giving up this post and interrupting his training to travel overland …

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