Obituaries

ObituariesWilliam James Archibald CraigHugh Graham DaviesRalph Geoffrey MooreDiana Gray ParadiseCharles Rowley Davidson PorterMaureen Preston (née Willmot Evans)Nathaniel (“Nat”) RifkindDonald Bruce ScottJohn David SwanBernard Martyn WatneyStanley Robert WilliamsMorton Barnett Wilson

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7181.468 (Published 13 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:468

William James Archibald Craig

Lieutenant colonel Royal Army Medical Corps (b Edinburgh 1912; q Edinburgh 1936), d 14July 1997.He joined the RAMC in 1938 and was posted to the Middle East and then the Western Desert, where he was mentioned in dispatches. At the end of the war he went to Germany and Cyprus and just survived the sinking of the troopship Windrush. He had a spell in the Far East as area ophthalmologist, retiring after 30years in the RAMC. After retirement one of his main hobbies was fishing. He leaves a wife, Doreen.

[B G Forrest]

Hugh Graham Davies


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General practitioner Nailsea, near Bristol, 1974-98(b Gorseinon, near Swansea, 1933; q Middlesex 1957), died from renal cell carcinoma on 9March 1998.At Middlesex he was captain of tennis and was called into the Welsh national hockey squad. At Nailsea he helped to build the practice into one of the largest in Avon, with a strong tradition of research and teaching. He became senior partner in 1992and steered the practice through the new general practice contract. Despite his reservations he was able to make fundholding work for his patients. He served on the health authority's obstetric committee for many years. He developed considerable skill in therapeutics, which was appreciated by his patients and partners. Outside medicine his interests were fishing, gliding, photography, opera, and sailing, which led to his son's participation in the Atlanta Olympics. He leaves a wife, Aldyth; two sons (one a general practitioner in Australia) and a daughter; and five grandchildren.

[Robin Lambert, Matt Hoghton]

Ralph Geoffrey Moore


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Consultant physician and cardiologist Portsmouth, 1948-72(b 1919; q St Thomas's 1943; MD, FRCP), d 11September 1998.After spending three years in the Royal Navy, Ralph was appointed a consultant before he was 30.He saw the introduction of he NHS as an opportunity to transform a large, run down health district into a model of high quality medical services. He did this mainly by example. In addition, he attracted keen and talented staff to Portsmouth by setting up a lively programme of postgraduate education. The postgraduate medical centre was built under his direction, and he was cofounder of the Wessex Physicians Club. He was closely involved in the plans for the Southampton University Medical School, and he persuaded his colleagues that Portsmouth must be an integral part of it. He served as postgraduate dean at Southampton for seven years and then returned to clinical medicine. He leaves a wife, Anne; four children; 10grandchildren (four in medicine); and two stepchildren.

[Dolf Polak]

Diana Gray Paradise

Former assistant chest physician Mayday Hospital, Croydon (b United States 1919; q UCL 1943; MD, DCH), d 13November 1998. After experience in paediatrics she trained as a chest physician at the London Chest Hospital. After early retirement she devoted 35years to charitable work, mainly with children, and was an active supporter of the Lord Mayor Treloar Trust at Alton. She was unmarried.

[Ronald Hyde]

Charles Rowley Davidson Porter

Former general practitioner Stanmore and Wealdstone (b 1908,the son of the medical officer of health for Marylebone; q Middlesex 1932), d 10December 1998.He was advised that he lacked the large private income required to support long periods of study abroad to specialise in general medicine, ophthalmology, or dermatology, so settled into general practice. There were eventually four partners. He welcomed the NHS and was an enthusiastic advocate of it all his life. Charlie held a surgery in his home as well as in the practice. He knew and understood his patients well and strove to keep up to date, being a regular attender at refresher courses. He was literate and widely read and devoted to music. Charlie retired to Dorset to help his farmer son. He leaves a wife, Daphne; two sons (one a consultant paediatrician); and a daughter.

[C A Porter]

Maureen Preston (née Willmot Evans)

Former general practitioner Oundle, Northamptonshire, 1940-74(b London 1905; q London School of Medicine for Women 1930), d 1January 1999.Maureen fulfilled a childhood desire to become a farmer and follow the family tradition to qualify as a doctor—both parents were doctors—and she was a hardworking country practitioner. In 1947she purchased a prize Jersey cow and built up a fine Jersey herd. She bought a small farm a few miles from Oundle and developed and preserved it in the best traditions of conservation. She was a founder member of the Northamptonshire Naturalists Trust. Predeceased by her husband, Bill, she leaves two daughters; a son; and seven grandchildren.

[Michael P Lewis]

Nathaniel (“Nat”) Rifkind

General practitioner Glasgow (b Glasgow 1928; q Glasgow 1951; DRCOG), d 6September 1998.After house jobs and national service he worked in various hospitals in Israel. He entered general practice in 1957,subsequently becoming principal of the Parkhead Health Centre and the allied Cranhill surgery. The practice was in one of the most deprived areas of Scotland. He was acknowledged to be an excellent diagnostician, and he made every effort to keep up to date; he was one of the first trainers when vocational training was introduced. After retirement in 1998he enrolled for extramural studies at Glasgow University, but the tug of general practice was too strong and he undertook locum work until his death. Of Lithuanian Jewish descent, he was instilled with a rich religious heritage and a close knit family life. Outside medicine his great interest was the study of Judaica, and for many years he was a member of a select group of learned men who met weekly for this purpose. Nat had a warm and engaging personality combined with a mischievous sense of humour. He leaves a wife, Linda; two daughters; and two grandchildren.

[E Sheville]

Donald Bruce Scott

Former consultant anaesthetist Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (b Sydney, Australia 1925; qEdinburgh 1948; FRCA, FRCPEd), died from a cerebral haemorrhage on 2November 1998.After three years with the colonial medical service in the African Gold Coast he returned to Scotland and a career in anaesthetics. In 1960he was seconded to Ibadan University, Nigeria, where he devised a successful anaesthetic technique for surgery for the major facial deformity caused by cancrum oris. Bruce Scott was responsible for the early development of epidural analgesia services in the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion; the elucidation of the pharmacodynamic effects and pharmacokinetics of local anaesthetics; and the physiological mechanism of the supine hypotensive syndrome of pregnancy. He helped establish the clinical research centre of Astra Pharmaceuticals in Edinburgh, becoming its deputy director in 1986when he retired from the royal infirmary. He published numerous papers, reviews, and textbooks and was a highly respected speaker. He received gold medals from the American and European Societies of Regional Anaesthesia and was the latter's first president. He served on the confidential inquiries into maternal deaths in Scotland for many years and was influential in improving standards of obstetric care. Bruce Scott won a blue for football at university and in later life was an enthusiastic, unorthodox, but often effective golfer. He was excellent company, a bon viveur, and a superb cook, with an immense knowledge of wine. He deplored apathy and arrogance at work or at play. He leaves a wife, Joan; four sons (one an anaesthetist); two daughters; and many grandchildren.

[John H McClure, John D O Loudon]

John David Swan

Former general practitioner Ruislip and South Harrow (b Egypt 1913of missionary parents; q Edinburgh 1938), d 2December 1998.During the second world war he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in France, the Middle East, and all the way up Italy. He was in the Territorial Army Hospital at Harrow until he retired with the rank of major in 1949.David was civilian medical practitioner to the Royal Air Force at Northolt, 1950-61,and admiralty surgeon and agent, 1965-74.He was a founder member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He supported the foundation of the postgraduate medical centre at Mount Vernon Hospital. David retired to Eastbourne, where he was honorary treasurer of the Eastbourne Medical Society and a part time schools medical officer. He and his wife toured Europe extensively in their trailer caravan, and he was a keen philatelist. He leaves a wife, Margaret; two daughters; and four grandsons.

[Margaret Swan]

Bernard Martyn Watney


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Former medical adviser to the Guinness company (b 1922; q Cambridge/St George's 1947), d 28September 1998.He was resident medical officer at St George's before moving to British Rail in 1953as Western Region's divisional medical officer. In 1971he became medical adviser to Guinness and established a model unit of industrial health care and one of the first corporate strategies on alcoholism in Britain. When he retired in 1985he devoted himself to the Mercers' Company and was master in 1988-9.He was a renowned collector and authority on English porcelain and published three important monographs on the subject. He assembled a famous collection of corkscrews, founding the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts and cowriting Corkscrews for Collectors. A formidable wine connoisseur, he served on the committee of management of the Wine Society for 14years and was chairman of the wine committee at Mercers' Hall, overseeing the laying down of a cellar of superlative wines. He leaves a wife; a son and three daughters; seven grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

[T R E Pilkington]

Stanley Robert Williams


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Consultant anaesthetist Brighton Hospitals, 1965-88(b 1927; q Guy's 1957), died from Parkinson's disease on 18November 1998. Stan was always cheerful, punctual, and in control, not only of himself but of the theatre, to which he brought a happy and apparently relaxed attitude, although his skills led to his being much in demand for even the most difficult cases. He relied greatly on clinical judgment and observation, not having the benefit of modern electronic monitoring. He was involved in the development of some of the earlier intensive care unit ventilators and was elected to the International Standards Committee for Anaesthetic Apparatus. Stan enjoyed sailing, golf, and fishing, and became an honorary fellow of Sussex University. He leaves a wife, Lynwen; a son and daughter; and four grandchildren.

[N Laurence, B R P Murray]

Morton Barnett Wilson

General practitioner Alton, Hampshire (b 1935; q Guy's 1959; DRCOG), died in his sleep from acute myocardial infarction on 14August 1998.He joined his father in the Alton practice in 1961,and a few years later his wife, Ann (a fellow student at Guy's), became a partner. Morton was a local politician, a medical politician, a police surgeon, a hospital practitioner in geriatrics, and medical officer to several local firms. A man of great charm, he was always considerate and good tempered. He nursed his wife through her terminal illness when her heart transplant was rejected. In his teens he took up golf and shone, achieving a handicap of seven. He was also interested in natural history. He leaves four children and a grandson.

[Christopher Everett, Hugh Bethell]

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