Obituaries

James Bruce-SmithAustin Braybrooke KettleReginald PassmoreDavid Michael SternJohn Watson-Farrar

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7215.1009 (Published 09 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1009

James Bruce-Smith


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Former general practitioner Birmingham, 1953-92 (b Falkirk 1926; q Edinburgh 1948; FRCPEd), d 6 August 1999. After national service in the Royal Air Force James entered general practice and played a major part in the post-war development of the NHS in Birmingham. He was a member of the board of governors of the former United Birmingham Hospitals, chairman of the local medical committee, a member of the family practitioner committee and the area health authority, and a representative at several BMA annual meetings. James was modest but inspiring, and although his practice was mainly inner city with many immigrants, he was also GP to many doctors and academics and their families. Everyone was treated with equal attention. He was proud of his Scottish heritage and was a past president of the Edinburgh University Club in Birmingham. He remained active almost to the end of his life; despite a protracted cardiac illness, he travelled widely and refused to become an invalid. He leaves a wife, Maureen, and three children.

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Austin Braybrooke Kettle

Consultant physician Weston-super-Mare, 1938-71 (b Carlisle 1905; q Guy's …

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