Obituaries

Pat AikmanKarl Wolfgang AronMargaret Doreen BaberWilliam Geoffrey Maxwell (“Geoff”) BellDavid Steel ChapmanJohn Patrick “Jack” CrummieJohn Brian Davey EvansAnna Marie FlynnHarold (“Harry”) Lawrence GardnerThomas Cecil MillarStewart Sinclair Fowler Munro

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7114.1022 (Published 18 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1022

Pat Aikman

General practitioner Melton Mowbray 1940–84 (b Wakefield 1917; q Leeds 1939; DRCOG), died of acute left ventricular failure on 5 April 1997. Having gone to medical school at the age of 16, she qualified at 21 and served as a houseman in the maternity department of the General Infirmary at Leeds. She married a fellow graduate, and together they searched for twin vacancies in a practice, finding these only in Melton Mowbray, where they settled. After the war she returned to Leeds to work for her obstetrics diploma while her mother looked after her two children. She was a tireless worker for the Red Cross and also a strong supporter of the Medical Women's Federation as well as being chairman of the Leicestershire division of the BMA in 1983. She retired from practice only after her 14 male colleagues employed a woman doctor to replace her, holding firmly that every woman has a right to be treated by a doctor of her own sex. She leaves a husband, Andrew; a son and a daughter; and two grandchildren.

[E Aikman-Higgins]

Karl Wolfgang Aron

Former consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist Glamorgan (b Furstenwalde, Germany 1922 into a distinguished medical family;q Glasgow 1945; DPM, FRCPsych) died of malignant glioma on 3 June 1997. He came to Britain, aged 11, to join his father, who had been expelled by the Hitler regime and who later became a GP in Scotland. Interned as an alien when he was 16, Karl was tutored in medicine by several fellow inmates. After he qualified he helped to set up a psychiatric day hospital in Bristol and then developed an interest in forensic psychiatry. In 1959 he was instrumental in setting up a service throughout Glamorgan, with child guidance clinics throughout the county. Primarily psychoanalytical, his clinical approach was also eclectic, …

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