John BeasleyWilliam Arthur Llewellyn BowenStefan JanikiewiczRobert John Rhys LewisJames Gareth LonghurstAsif Omar QureshiJoseph Cecil Turton RobertsJonathan Harold RosenbergRobert Henry Stewart ThompsonCharles Henry Townsend WadeMargaret Jean WhartonDesmond Gilbert Cromie Whyte

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 02 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1392

John Beasley

Former consultant community physician west Midlands (q UCH 1951; FFCM), died suddenly on 28 October 1997. The son of a psychiatrist, he took his diploma in public health in 1962 and then held various posts in public health before being appointed area medical officer in Solihull. At the West Midlands Regional Health Authority he was responsible for psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and special care groups. He travelled a great deal and was involved in developing services throughout England's largest region, which had 22 districts. He was a member of all the main committees, playing a vital part in the closure of many asylums, the creation of academic departments at Keele and Birmingham, and the fostering of many specialties, such as services for brain damaged patients and peripartum psychiatry. After retirement he continued his work at Birmingham University, organising innovative multidisciplinary study days and working with voluntary organisations. He was a self effacing, loquacious man with a great personal charm and diplomatic skills. He leaves a wife, Rosemary (a doctor), a son (a doctor), and two daughters (one a doctor). Both his daughters live in Australia, where he established a second home.

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William Arthur Llewellyn Bowen

Physician superintendent Naburn and Bootham Park Hospital, York 1952-78 (b 1916; q Middlesex 1943; FRCPsych) d on 2 February1998. After house jobs he entered the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving with the London Welsh Regiment after the D Day landings and in Italy. He was responsible for reforming and reorganising the mental health services in his area, adopting a progressive open ward policy and changing patient care in the two mental hospitals under his jurisdiction. He represented the World Health Organisation in a survey of mental health in Sri Lanka and held a scholarship in the United States. An erudite man, he had an abiding interest in …

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