Obituaries

David Fillmer AlexanderKarina Ann ClarkPeter Thomas FluteIan Hewetson Dalrymple JohnstonJohn Derek KnightDavid Malcolm McBeathArthur George McPhersonJohn Patrick David MounseyGokhan Yahya OktekinHenry Meurig Nicholas ReesDeepak Balkrishna ShahKevin Anthony ValiatHarold Geoffrey Whitworth

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7204.261 (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:261

David Fillmer Alexander


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Former general practitioner Stratton-St-Margaret, Wiltshire, 1950-86 (b Saunderstead 1925, q Birmingham 1948; DRCOG), died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on 21 May 1999. He saw the practice grow from two to seven doctors. He became a JP, was chairman of the bench, secretary and then chairman of the Swindon Medical Society, and chairman of the Swindon division of the BMA. In his last years he had to struggle with the effects of chemotherapy, but was sustained by his Christian faith—he was brought up a Quaker and later joined the Anglican church—and managed to work part time carrying out medical examinations. David's hobbies included caravanning, gardening, walking, and photography. He leaves a wife, Mary; three children; and eight grandchildren.

[Brian Bower]

Karina Ann Clark


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Staff grade community paediatrician Cheshire Community Healthcare Trust (b Hartlepool 1956; q Manchester 1979), died from bronchial carcinoma on 1 March 1999. The daughter of a general practitioner, Karina left medicine after house jobs to raise her two daughters. She returned as a clinical medical officer in community paediatrics, initially part time, and later developed a special interest in audiology. She preferred to work in the more deprived areas of Cheshire where she was highly regarded. Her hobbies included travel, aerobics, fashion, and music. Despite the prognosis of her final illness, she continued to live life to the full. She leaves a husband, Paul, and two daughters.

[S King, B King]

Peter Thomas Flute

Professor of haematology St George's Hospital Medical School, 1972-85 (b 1928;q King's 1951; MD, MRCPath; TD), died suddenly on 19 January 1999. After national service, mainly in north Africa, he remained an ardent supporter of the Territorial Army, and until he became a professor attended camp every year. He returned to King's as a pathology demonstrator and was then awarded a research studentship at Cambridge, and this led to an …

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