Obituaries

William (“Bill”) AlcockMichael (“Mick”) BaddeleyRichard Robert Barnetson BaxendineRoy BillingtonFrancis John BirkettWazir Singh GhaiDavid Beattie GrantEdmund Kenneth HernetCyril Cole (“Jeff”) JefferyIrene MartinGeorge MelotteArchibald MorrisonDavid Paterson PorterJean Edith West (née Fleming)

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7125.152 (Published 10 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:152

William (“Bill”) Alcock


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Former medical officer of health Watford and divisional medical officer south west Hertfordshire (b Sheffield 1903; q Sheffield 1928; DPH), died of carcinoma of the bladder on 19 October 1997. He held posts in various parts of the country, and was an ardent advocate of water fluoridation. He observed the differences in dental caries between evacuees from North and South Shields (areas of naturally occurring high and low fluoride)—recognised as a major contribution towards the beneficial effects of fluoridation. His wife, Olga (also a doctor) predeceased him and he leaves a son and two daughters (one a doctor). [John Richards]

Michael (“Mick”) Baddeley


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Formerly consultant surgeon Birmingham General Hospital (b Derbyshire 1932; q Birmingham 1954; MS, FRCS), died after a long disablement resulting from a cerebral haemorrhage from an inoperable congenital arterial malformation. He served in both Britain and Cyprus as a medical officer in the Grenadier Guards, and then became a lecturer in surgery at Birmingham, developing a special interest in vascular surgery. As a consultant he combined his vascular work with the surgical treatment of gross morbid obesity and was the pioneer in gastroplasty in Britain. He was awarded a Hunterian professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons, lecturing on gastric stapling and ileal bypass, and his work became internationally recognised. Before his illness, which cut his career short at 58, he was an active sportsman: with his brother he had been junior doubles tennis champions of Derbyshire while a teenager, and later had a great interest in off shore sailing. He also had a great love of music. He leaves a wife, Joyce, and a son. [James McNaught Inglis]

Richard Robert Barnetson Baxendine

General practitioner Edinburgh 1953–65 (b Portobello 1915; q Edinburgh 1941), died of carcinomatosis from a primary kidney tumour on 12 October 1997. After qualification he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, …

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