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Charles Douglas AndersonRobert Lewis (“Robin”) FergusonRalph Wales GouldFrederick John Sambrook GowarBrian Kenneth HigtonPeter Warren JacksonGerald O'GormanWilfred Allen (“Bill”) OliverJohn William (“Jack”) O'sullivanDavid StuartMichael Robert Thomas

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7147.1832 (Published 13 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1832

Charles Douglas Anderson

Former consultant physician Garnavel General Hospital and Western Infirmary Glasgow (b Glasgow 1913; q Cambridge/Glasgow 1937; MD, FRCP; MC), died of the effects of systemic lupus erythematosus on 5 February 1998. His early years after graduation were dominated by war service with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was attached to the Tank Corps, always near considerable action in north Africa, Sicily, Italy, the Normandy landings, and the advance into the Low Countries and Germany. In 1941 he was awarded an immediate Military Cross for his activities in north Africa and was twice mentioned in dispatches. He always said that the war cured him of any desire to be a surgeon and after demobilisation he quickly obtained the MRCP and developed an interest in cardiology. Throughout his consultant career he was an enthusiastic teacher.Charlie had a strong Christian faith, was closely involved with the Christian Medical Fellowship and the University Christian Union, and after retirement remained busy with church affairs, serving as president of the Baptist Union. He was a keen golfer and hill walker. He leaves a wife, Kathleen, and a son and daughter (also a doctor).

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Robert Lewis (“Robin”) Ferguson

Former general practitioner Bromsgrove (b Cairo, where his father was professor of pathology, 1914; q St Andrews 1938), d 23 March 1998. He served as a surgeon lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and was mentioned in dispatches for bravery during HMS Devonshire's voyage to bring King Haakon from Norway to Britain in 1940. After the war he was a general practitioner in Oxford before becoming chief medical officer to Cadburys, then returning to general practice. His best tribute is the continuing postbag from grateful patients, and he always maintained that there is no certainty in medicine, believing in listening to patients and spending time with them. A …

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