Obituaries

ObituariesDonald Barrie CaseReginald (“Rex”) Frank Robert GardnerEvan GriffithsAlfred Gordon HepplestonTheodore David LambertMargaret Joyce PooleIsaac (“Sakkie”) RachmanThomas RutherfordAlexander Marshall ShortJean Margaret VickersMatthew WestwoodJohn Christopher Wharton

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7166.1159 (Published 24 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1159

Donald Barrie Case

Former consultant orthopaedic surgeon Preston and Chorley 1969-91 (b 1933; q Manchester 1958; FRCS), died from rapidly recurrent metastatic carcinoma of the oesophagus, four months after diagnosis, on 3 August 1998. In Preston he organised separate facilities for trauma and elective patients, producing a smooth running unit which was widely acclaimed. His special interest was paediatric orthopaedics. He retired early but continued his established medicolegal practice. Outside medicine he was twice president of the Rotary Club and spent time with the Jubilee Sailing Trust for disabled youngsters. He took great pride in restoring a classic Armstrong-Siddley. He leaves a wife, Ros; and two sons.

[M R Wharton]

Reginald (“Rex”) Frank Robert Gardner

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Sunderland 1965-85 (b Kenya 1920; q Edinburgh 1951; FRCOG), died from a myocardial infarction on 31 August 1998. He worked in publishing until the onset of the second world war when he volunteered for training as a medical orderly in the Royal Air Force as he wished to be non-combatant. He was posted to the Far East and escaped the advancing Japanese army by travelling the Burma road into China. Then followed two years in Calcutta. After the war he entered medical school, where he met his wife. They spent three years in a Sudan united mission hospital in northern Nigeria where Rex was ordained in the United Free Church of Scotland. After postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Ibadan and Britain they returned to Africa, this time to Uganda where he lectured at Makerere Medical School. On return to Britain Rex combined his NHS duties with preaching in a variety of churches. He was active in the Christian Medical Fellowship, serving on the national executive committee and its journal's editorial board. Like many Christians he struggled with the Abortion Act of 1967 and wrote Abortion—the Personal Dilemma. In retirement he took …

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