Martin Kwame Kari Kari FrimpongAlfred Jonathan LeviEdward Claude LewisErnest Donald PageMartin RobertsWilliam Frederick RussellRaoul Peter Gauvain SandonThomas Smith ScottWilliam Inglis Dunn ScottJohn Laing StevensonStanley Howard TaylorBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7185.739 (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:739
Martin Kwame Kari Kari Frimpong
Medical house officer Oldchurch, Essex (b London 1972; q The London 1996), d 17 January 1999. Martin did an intercalated BSc in clinical pharmacology with a Medical Research Council scholarship and graduated with upper second class honours. He was a caring doctor with a generous nature, and his infectious laugh never failed to delight those around him. Off duty he enjoyed music and was a keen supporter of Liverpool football club. Tragically, he spent most of his last years as an inpatient at The Royal London Hospital. He leaves his parents and brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held at The Civic Centre, Old Kent Road, London SE15 1JB, on Thursday 18 March at 4 pm.
[P Farooque E Barthes-Wilson]
Alfred Jonathan Levi
Consultant physician and gastroenterologist Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals, 1969–97 (b London 1933; q Cambridge/Westminster 1957; MD, FRCP), died from pancreatic cancer on 4 January 1999. Jon's pedigree ingastroenterology included time with Professor Dame Sheila Sherlock, culminating in his MD thesis on drug metabolism in liver disease. As a Nuffield fellow in New York he discovered two important cytoplasmic proteins involved in bilirubin and drug transfer. His research produced over 100 peer reviewed publications and his contributions included the clinical validation of an elemental diet as treatment for acute Crohn's disease, the realisation that sulphasalazine causes reversible male infertility, and the discovery that alcohol altered red cell morphology. It was largely Jon's vision and negotiating skills which were instrumental in the relocating of St Mark's Hospital to Northwick Park when the Medical Research Council withdrew from the latter site. An enthusiastic teacher, he also found time to act as chairman of the medical staff committee and as clinical director. Jewish tradition was important to Jon, and he was close to verifying that David Levi (1742-1801), tutor in classical Hebrew to George III, was a direct ancestor. His hobbies included photography, rearing sheep, planting trees, and collecting antique treen (turned wooden objects). He published a beautifully illustrated book, Treen for the Table, shortly before he died. He was able to attend the opening of an art collection that he commissioned for his former ward area and of the refurbished Jonathan Levi lecture theatre. He leaves a wife, Mary; a son; and three daughters (one a doctor).
[Ashley Price Judy Levi]
Edward Claude Lewis
Former general practitioner Redhill (b 1926; q Guy's 1950; DObstRCOG), died from secondaries of the liver on 18 January 1999. He took the partnership into new premises under one roof in 1984. He took a particular interest in obstetrics, and was coauthor of a paper on dystocia of unusual origin, describing a “flying fetus.” He attended the Tavistock Clinics and encouraged his partners to do likewise. Edward was chief medical officer of Crusader Insurance and retired, as he said he would, at 60. His interests were shooting and fishing. He leaves a wife, Rosemary; three sons; and four grandchildren.
Ernest Donald Page
General practitioner Harley Street (b 1908; q St Mary's 1933), d 19 November 1998. His career started as a ship's doctor on the Blue Funnel Line sailing in the Baltic and to Japan, and he then became an anatomy demonstrator at St Mary's. Unfit for military service because of pleurisy, he was staff doctor to MI5 throughout the second world war. He established a practice in Harley Street—where he was one of the oldest doctors— and remained there until he died. He was also medical officer to Selfridges from 1945 to 1977. His busy practice consisted of a mixture of prominent personalities of the day, coupled with the destitute and lonely, who looked on him as a friend. Latterly, he was a well known bowler hatted figure patrolling the streets of W1. Donald was secretary and chairman of the Hampstead and St Marylebone divisions of the BMA almost continuously from 1949 to 1977 and attended 21 annual meetings. In the 1960s he helped lead the spirited and successful defence of a proposed redevelopment in Harley Street. Donald leaves a son; a daughter; and six grandchildren.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Pembrokeshire and Derwen NHS Trust at Withybush Hospital, 1988–99 (b Llantrisant 1949; q Welsh National School of Medicine 1973; FRCS), died suddenly from a ruptured berry aneurysm on 7 January 1999 at his hospital. He held junior posts in Cardiff, Newport, and Birmingham, and completed his training in Oswestry. Martin was a deft and careful surgeon and developed a special interest in spinal injury, which led to his being the spinal surgeon for Dyfed. He was a great supporter to his junior colleagues. Outside medicine he was a keen sportsman and a great lover of rugby, having played for his school first XV, the medical school first XV, and Birmingham Welsh XV. He also played squash until six months before he died. He leaves a wife, Sarah, and three young sons.
William Frederick Russell
Former general practitioner Derby, 1947–81 (b Aberdeen 1916; q Aberdeen 1939; MD), died from bronchopneumonia after several years with Alzheimer's disease on 3 January 1999. Bill joined the Royal Army Medical Corps soon after qualifying and spent most of the war in north Africa. While in general practice he was clinical assistant in dermatology at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary for 30 years. He and his wife were solicitous mentors to a succession of young partners. He reluctantly retired because of failing eyesight due to recurrent retinal detachments. Outside medicine Bill was knowledgeable in music and was well read. He was a keen member and office bearer of local Scottish societies and Burns clubs, and was a skilled if rumbustious highland dancer. Predeceased by his wife, Joan, he leaves four children; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
[W F Paveley]
Raoul Peter Gauvain Sandon
Consultant plastic surgeon Billericay, Essex, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, 1955–80 (b Bilbao 1915; q King's College Hospital 1941; FRCS), d 10 October 1998. Educated in Spain, France, and England, Raoul was an excellent linguist. Shortly after qualification he was commissioned in the Royal Army Medical Corps, seeing active service in north Africa and Italy with the number one maxillofacial unit. From this start his career in plastic surgery flourished under the guidance of the late Dickie Battle. He played a major role in establishing the North East Thames regional plastics unit at Billericay. He was secretary, treasurer, and president (in 1972) of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons, and was a member of the plastic surgical societies of France, Spain, Belgium, and Italy. Raoul was honorary consultant in plastic surgery for the army from 1980. He was large in stature— “Big Pete” was one of his nicknames—and his ability to host parties into the early hours was legendary. His other nickname was “Lightning” for his slow but precise surgery and for his ability to drive (and damage?) fast cars. Predeceased by his wife, he leaves a companion, Pat, and two sons (one a doctor).
[T C B Dehn]
Thomas Smith Scott
Professor of occupational health University of Manchester, 1974–81 (b Glasgow 1906; q Glasgow 1928; MD (commendation), FRCPGlas), died from heart failure on 11 December 1998. He settled in general practice in Clayton, Manchester, where the Clayton Aniline Company employed him part time to look after its workers. The job was no sinecure. Cancerous tumours of the bladder had been described among chemical workers in England in the 1920s. He developed and refined exfoliative cytology of the urine for the early detection of malignant change, and, with Michael Williams at ICI, he clarified that certain naphthylamines were responsible. Their resulting Code of Working Practice for the Dyestuffs Industry, published in 1957, led to his MD. In 1974 Tommy was appointed to the chair of occupational health in Manchester. He served on several national committees, and helped and encouraged junior staff and postgraduate students. Always genial and sociable and despite increasing incapacity, he attended meetings at the university until a few days before his death. Tommy's wife predeceased him.
[W R Lee]
William Inglis Dunn Scott
Former general practitioner Chester, 1936–70 (b 1910; q Liverpool/St Thomas's 1934; DCH, MD), d 4 January 1999. He joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve before the war and served for two years in the aircraft carrier Ark Royal. After the war he became senior medical officer to the Northern Air Division, retiring as surgeon commander. He was president of the North Wales Medical Society and on the committee of the Fellowship for Freedom in Medicine. From 1976–85 he was a consultant with the North Wales Child Guidance Service. In sport he scraped into the Liverpool University cross country team and later enjoyed golf and hockey. He sang in choirs most of his life, but his main interest was in drama. William produced and acted in many plays, including most of Shakespeare. His book, Shakespeare's Melancholics won a literary prize in 1961. Later in life his interests were gardening and photography. Having lost his three younger brothers, one in infancy and two in the war, he married late and replaced them with three sons. He leaves a wife, Rosemary, and three sons.
[William Inglis Dunn Scott]
John Laing Stevenson
Former general practitioner Stotfold and Arlesey, Bedfordshire (b Prestwood, Staffordshire 1928; q St Mary's 1955; DRCOG), died from a brain tumour on 23 December 1998. After house jobs and national service with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in Malaysia, John entered general practice. In 1968 he took over his father in law's single handed dispensing practice in Bedfordshire. When he retired this had expanded to a well established training practice of five principals. He was the occupational health doctor to Fairfield Hospital in Hitchin. Outside medicine his interests included golf and gardening; he was particularly proud of his efforts at tree conservation. He leaves a wife, Freda; two sons; and five grandchildren.
Stanley Howard Taylor
Former consultant cardiologist Leeds General Infirmary (b Birmingham 1925; q Birmingham 1953; FRCP, PhD), died from metastatic bladder cancer on 13 January 1999. Stanley's posts included a Medical Research Council fellowship at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, a Carey Coombs British Commonwealth scholarship, a lectureship at the University of Birmingham, where he studied the haemoydnamics of the cardiovascular system, and finally consultant and senior lecturer posts at Leeds. Here he established a research unit, which achieved an international reputation for its work on the effect of drug treatment in the human circulation. Stanley published extensively, and made major contributions to the understanding of circulatory haemodynamics in hypertension, coronary disease, and congestive heart failure. He pioneered the vasodilator treatment of heart failure. As an accomplished speaker and chairman, he was always in demand at international conferences, and he made valuable contributions to the European Society of Cardiology and to the International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy, of which he was a past president. Many of the doctors and researchers he trained now hold senior positions in foreign health services or in the pharmaceutical industry. Stanley was a private person but a generous host. His frenetic lifestyle left little time for hobbies, but he had been an enthusiastic jogger in his youth, and he adored gardening and created formal gardens, which involved the frequent movement of trees. He leaves a wife, Gillian; a son and three daughters (one a doctor); and three stepchildren.