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Douglas William CammockRonald Leslie CormieJohn Collett FulfordWilliam Henry JoplingSidney LeibowitzWilliam McNaughtRobert McKenzie MillerHonora Churchill OsbornAnne Patricia RileyHorace Gordon RobinsonRobert Agnew McEwen Bell SimpsonDavid Barry Beckwith Whitehouse

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7119.1382 (Published 22 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1382

Douglas William Cammock


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General practitioner Tuxford 1954-75; Kirkoswald, Cumbria, 1975–85 (b Oldham 1919, where his father was an otorhinolaryngological surgeon; q Durham 1952; FRCGP), died on 23 August 1997, probably of a ruptured thoracic aneurysm, for which he was awaiting treatment. Initially, he read philosophy at Oxford, but found this too “imaginative” and took a year off to work as a labourer in Quaker camps in the United States. He returned to Oxford to study medicine, but was called up after only one term. His non-combative views led him to join the Royal Army Medical Corps and later the Indian Army, becoming a deputy acting adjutant general. After the war at Newcastle he was president of the student union and entered general practice soon after qualifying. Despite his commitment to an expanding singlehanded practice, he played an important part in the College of General Practitioners, which had just been formed, becoming secretary of the extensive North Midland Faculty. After working and reorganising a singlehanded dispensing practice in Cumbria he retired temporarily to York, where his daughter was at school. He was given a post to reorganise the school's library and was put in charge of the gardens. Bill was a thoughtful man, lively in mind and frank in discussion; friendships, once established, were longlasting and he worked hard to maintain them. Always interested in sailing, he was a member of a group called The Auks, which has explored the north western seaboard of Europe each June for the past 22 years. Predeceased by his first wife, Ruth (a paediatrician who later became an architect), from whom he was divorced, he leaves a wife, Nancy, and a daughter.[Aubrey Colling]

Ronald Leslie Cormie

Former consultant dermatologist Glasgow (b 1907; q Edinburgh 1932), d 16 March 1997. After house jobs he took over a singlehanded general practice in Pollokshields, …

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