Obituaries

Peter Thomas FallonWifrid Peter GreeningDonald Ian RobertsonLewis Arthur Scott-WhiteWilliam Pow ThomsonEric TrimmerLysabeth (“Betty”) Rosemary Vaughan Jones (née Hurwich)Edward Geoffrey WadeJames WattFrederick Conon Williams

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7210.645 (Published 04 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:645

Peter Thomas Fallon

General practitioner Derry, Northern Ireland, 1949-96 (b 1926; q Queen's University, Belfast 1948; FRCGP), died from melanoma on 25 April 1999. Peter retired most reluctantly at the age of 70, having embraced the challenges of general practice with enthusiasm and style. His response to the social deprivation of his native city was the subtext of his life as he believed in social justice and fair play. He was instrumental in founding child welfare societies on both sides of the Irish border and initiated vocational training schemes in Derry and Donegal. His was the first teaching and training practice in the area, he was provost of the Northern Ireland faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1985 and served for many years on the Council for Postgraduate Medical Education. Peter had a hospital appointment in ophthalmology and vast experience in obstetrics. At a recent gathering of five GPs, four had been delivered by him. He was a keen sailor, photographer, and an acclaimed after dinner speaker with an impish sense of humour He was a JP and a member of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Commission. His crowded funeral mass was attended by five bishops from both communities. He leaves a wife, Joan; two sons; and two daughters.

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Wifrid Peter Greening


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Former consultant surgeon Royal Marsden Hospital, 1952-79, Charing Cross Hospital, 1954-74 (b Norfolk 1914; q Charing Cross 1936; FRCS), died from pneumonia on 20 June 1999. Peter joined the Emergency Medical Service in 1940 and then served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was promoted to wing commander, was in charge of a mobile surgical unit in Burma, and was mentioned in despatches. He was a modest and shy man and an excellent surgeon. Without flamboyance he was a joy to watch and a privilege …

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