Obituaries

Isidor (“Okkie”) GordonJohn Simpson NobleHarry PandovStanley RivlinJudith Sarah Thomas (née Avery)Clifford Grant TullohRichard George (“Dickie”) VineWilliam WalkerArthur Watts

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7135.941 (Published 21 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:941

Isidor (“Okkie”) Gordon


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Former foundation professor of pathology and forensic medicine University of Natal (b 1913; q Cape Town 1935), d 12 April 1997. His contributions to the struggle of underprivileged doctors, his strong stand against the injustices during the apartheid years, and his constant efforts to preserve the medical school at the University of Natal (at which the government wanted to prevent African students from studying) were outstanding—and paid off: the medical school remains part of the University of Natal. As a pathologist he was involved in the Steve Biko investigation and acted as an assessor. Perhaps his greatest contribution to original research was his paper on a classification of deaths of medicolegal importance (BMJ 1944;2:337-9), while he wrote numerous books, most notably one on forensic medicine. He was a frequent visitor to Israel as a visiting professor and received many honours, including the silver award of the Medical Association of South Africa. He leaves a son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

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John Simpson Noble


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Former general practitioner Ashington, Northumberland (b 1923 to a general practitioner father; q Durham 1945; MBE), died of heart disease on 13 January 1998. After a house officer appointment in Newcastle John served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and after demobilisation entered general practice in Ashington, founding and eventually becoming senior partner of the Hirst Medical Group. He had a special interest in midwifery and community care, and played a major part in negotiations over the expansion of Ashington Hospital and the design and construction of Wansbeck District Hospital. However, his other abiding medical interest was medical politics, serving with the Northumberland Local Medical Committee and being elected centenary president of the North of England Branch of the BMA, and serving on many other committees. All this inevitably led to many national responsibilities, including chairmanship of …

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