Obituaries

Arnold ApplebyAlasdair Patrick BardenBenjamin Tillett DavisWilliam FergusonKenneth Macrae LeightonHarry Naftali LevittFrederick (“Fred”) Smart MelvilleKevin Lorne MerrettJohn Sinclair MillerHerbert Jan PenkalaPhilip Vernon Reading

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7159.685 (Published 05 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:685

Arnold Appleby

Former consultant neuroradiologist, Regional Neurosciences Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne (b Houghton le Spring 1928; q Durham 1951; FFR), died of a stroke on 12 June 1998. He trained in radiology after serving in the Royal Navy during the Korean war. A dedicated, highly skilled radiologist, Arnold contributed much to his specialty, publishing on craniovertebral anomalies, Chiari malformation, and syringomyelia. He loved the great outdoors, stalking and shooting red deer in Scotland being his pleasures. Predeceased by his first wife, Joyce, he leaves a second wife, Kathryn, and a son and daughter by his first marriage.

[V L McAllister]

Alasdair Patrick Barden


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General practitioner Isle of Lewis 1992-8 (b Nairobi 1963; q Edinburgh 1987; DRCOG), died in an accident while piloting his own gyrocopter on 13 June 1998. Alasdair had a passion for the Gaelic language and culture, having learnt Gaelic as a medical student, winning a prize for recitation at the Gaelic Mod and singing with the local Gaelic choir, and as a GP conducting the majority of his consultations in Gaelic. He was a man of deep Christian faith, with boundless interests, including acting as medical volunteer flying on rescue missions with the coastguard helicopter based on Stornoway. Active in politics, he was chairman of the constituency association of the Scottish National Party of the Western Isles. He shared his father's interest in heraldry, and at the time of his death was actively pursuing creating a coat of arms for our practice. He leaves a wife, Donna, two sons, and mother (also a doctor) and father.

[Marten Walker, Elizabeth Barden]

Benjamin Tillett Davis

Former senior lecturer in forensic pathology Birmingham (b 1920; q Birmingham 1942; FRCPath), d 22 May 1998. A member of the school shooting team at Bisley, at medical school he became student chairman and joined the army after qualification. One interesting posting was to St Helena, where he …

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