Obituaries

Bani (“Banidi”) ChaudhuriIan Gordon Byrom Drybrough-SmithRonald John FallonJohn Kingsley HawkeyGreta Lowe-JellicoeHamish Gordon Nicol

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7106.492 (Published 23 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:492

Bani (“Banidi”) Chaudhuri

Former locum long term consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in hospitals in Britain (b 1926; q Calcutta 1949; FRCOG), d 29 April 1997. She actively campaigned for students' rights and became the social services secretary of the students' union. Actively involved in the social and cultural affairs of her community, she was closely associated with the Calcutta Medical College's ex-students' association in Britain. She was unmarried. [Sankar Das Sarkar]

Ian Gordon Byrom Drybrough-Smith


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Former general practitioner Hastings (b Shebbear, Devon, 1913; q Guy's 1938), died of lymphoma on 1 May 1997. After war service in India and Burma he followed his father into the family practice. He was a conscientious practitioner, who made a point of not hurrying his patients, but had little time for medical meetings. A fine golfer, who won many competitions, in his youth he considered turning professional but his father insisted that he qualified in medicine first. He leaves a wife, Margaret; two daughters; and a son. [R E Irvine]

Ronald John Fallon

Consultant in laboratory medicine Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow 1961-93 (b Wallasey 1928; q Liverpool 1952; MD (medal), FRCPath), died from a blood dyscrasia on 18 April 1997. After lectureships in bacteriology in Liverpool and Glasgow, Ron Fallon spent most of his professional life at Ruchill Hospital. Selfless as a singlehanded consultant, on call at all hours, he was dedicated to the patient, who always took precedence. He was a valuable member of the university department of infectious diseases, a refreshing teacher, productive researcher, and an international expert in sterilisation, hospital infection and safety, and tuberculosis, meningococcal infection, and legionellosis (in which he pioneered research). Latterly, he ran a high security laboratory for blood borne pathogens. He served on many committees and his sparkling personality made him a refreshing colleague and traveller valued worldwide, especially in Scandinavia and North America. Cinematography and Scottish country dancing were hobbies and choral music his passion, while he had a firm Christian faith. He leaves a wife, Val, and four daughters (one a doctor). [N R Grist, D H Kennedy]

John Kingsley Hawkey

General practitioner Wantage 1949-85 (b Tilehurst 1917; q Oxford 1943, MRCGP), died of coronary thrombosis on 22 January 1997. At University College Oxford he was three times running blue. After serving in Burma and completing house jobs he worked in Wantage: as he almost apologetically explained in a 1991 interview for the archives of the Wellcome Institute for Medical History, his aspiration was always to enter general practice, seeing the job of hospital specialist as technical and limited. In the early years his partners looked particularly to his skills in home delivery, home anaesthetics, and neurology. Later they developed and piloted the A4 folders now used in general practice (and, in my father's case, also for filing gardening catalogues). But what his partners, patients, and friends most valued was his wise and sympathetic counselling (a term which he, like many who are naturally good at it, disliked). His approachability to patients was helped by his wide range of interests, including the extension of his house (mostly by torchlight) and cultivation of a wild flower meadow, which he was tending the day before his death. He leaves a wife, Kathleen; four children (one a professor of gastroenterology); and 11 grandchildren. [C J Hawkey]

Greta Lowe-Jellicoe

Former deputy commissioner of medical services and tropical consultant Ministry of Pensions (b Manchester 1898; q Manchester (surgical clinical prize) 1923; DTM, DTH), d 14 June 1997. At Manchester she enjoyed the lectures of Sir Ernest (Lord) Rutherford and became only the second woman to be appointed to the surgical department of the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Having attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and greatly admiring the work of Albert Schweitzer, she worked for a year in Sierra Leone before transferring to the colonial medical service in Ilesha, Nigeria. Invalided home, she took up public health work and held appointments in Essex and Eastbourne before being appointed to the Ministry of Pensions. Later in life she married Major John Jellicoe, who predeceased her; there were no children of the marriage. [Greta Lowe-Jellicoe, Susan Kerr]

Hamish Gordon Nicol

Former general practitioner Stratford on Avon (b Hong Kong 1929; q Oxford/St Thomas's 1956; DA, FRCGP), died from injuries sustained in a climbing accident in Cornwall on 17 May 1997. In 1960 he brought his clinical skills, which included anaesthetics, surgery, and obstetrics, to the Rother Street practice and by the time he retired in 1964 he had nourished it through momentous change and growth. He was an eccentric of the best kind, who engendered great loyalty and affection in partners, patients, and staff. For 20 years he was a GP trainer and relished taking the Royal College of General Practitioners exam in 1980. He had a wide range of interests, including the Stratford Choral Society, orienteering, and squash. But his great love was mountains and mountaineering, in which he distinguished himself internationally in the 1950s. He was a reserve for the successful 1953 Everest expedition, was president of the Climbers Club in 1972-5, and vice president of the Alpine Club in 1986-7. He combined his love of skiing and mountains in the British Trans Alpine ski traverse of 1972, covering 600 miles in 49 days. Hamish also made a special contribution to the modern ambulance service, believing that ambulance crews often being the first on the scene could improve the chances of survival if trained in advanced life support skills. In 1976, ten years ahead of the official recognition of the role of the paramedic and against strong opposition, he devised and successfully implemented a training programme. He leaves a wife, Mary (also a doctor); a daughter; and a son. [A N Ganner]

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