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William Lees PriceSir Douglas RangerKeith William ReynoldsAlastair Irvine Gordon RobertsonBasil RoebuckNigel Richard SaundersHarold SchniedenEdward Theodore ShennanAlan Sopwith SimpsonKenneth Swire SouthamJames Maryons (“Jim”) StansfeldEdmund Louis WardHenry Robin Watson-BakerAnthony John White

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7144.1613 (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1613

William Lees Price

Former consultant anaesthetist Birmingham and Midland Hospital for Women (b 1907; q Birmingham 1932; FRCA), d 14 February 1998. He came from a medical family and began his career in general practice. During the war he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was based in the Middle East, where he specialised in anaesthetics. After demobilisation he continued with this and returned to take up various hospital appointments in Birmingham. He had a particular interest in history and was an enthusiastic fisherman and gardener. He leaves a wife, Peggy; two daughters; and two grandchildren.

[Jane Cochrane]

Sir Douglas Ranger

Former ear, nose, and throat surgeon Middlesex Hospital (b Lancashire 1916; q Middlesex 1941; FRCS; KBE), d 22 December 1997. Having spent his early years in Queensland, Douglas Ranger returned to Britain in 1936 and had a brilliant career at medical school. After house appointments he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Far East and within two years of his return had been made a consultant. His loud laugh and voice made him a familiar figure. He became a specialist in malignant disease in laryngology, leading a team which pioneered pharyngo-oesophageal replacement with transposition of the stomach. He had an active role in many specialist societies, and was one of the founders, later president, of the British Academic Conferences in Otorhinolaryngology, an examiner and member of the council of the Royal College of Surgeons, and a civilian consultant to the Royal Air Force. Douglas bore more than his full share of committee work both at the Middlesex Hospital and in the region and for the last 10 years of his active career was dean of the medical school. His measured approach to complex problems, unruffled demeanour at a time when feelings understandably ran high, and clear judgment played a major …

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