Obituaries

Cecil Thompson Buchanan AdamsElisabeth Bride Carnegie DicksonJohn Robert Pelham GibbonsDavid Stoakley HinsonGeorge Downes McDowellFrederic (“Eric”) Guy NeildLouis Falconer SmithJohn Turner SpareJessie Vivien Mary Walls (née Robb)John WhyteRodney Finlayson

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7217.1138 (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1138

Cecil Thompson Buchanan Adams

Former physician Coleraine and Londonderry (b Londonderry 1914; q Queen's University Belfast 1937; DPH), d 30 March 1999. He served in the Royal Air Force during the second world war with postings as squadron leader in India and Africa. After the war Dr Adams worked with the newly formed Northern Ireland Tuberculosis Authority and was responsible for the service in several towns. At the time there were over 14 000 people with tuberculosis out of a population of about 1.3 million. The authority's report was published in 1959 when it was clear that the task to control the disease had been accomplished. Dr Adams then transferred to the Northern Ireland Hospitals Authority and continued working in chest medicine. He had a special interest in farmer's lung. He was described as shy and unassuming but was caring and competent. He leaves a wife, Maud.

[Betty Nicholl]

Elisabeth Bride Carnegie Dickson

Missionary doctor South Africa (b 1921; q Royal Free Hospital 1943), died during a robbery in June 1999. Her first posting was in Tsolo, Transkei, where she detected and contained a diphtheria epidemic, earning the commendation of the South African government. She said that the difficulty of getting free vaccine for the children was equalled by the difficulty in persuading the mothers to accept it. In 1962 she moved to the Holy Cross mission and the Victoria Hospital Lovedale, where her diagnostic and surgical skills were appreciated. In 1975 she retired to the mountain resort of Hogsback and joined the local general practice. She was delighted that the resort was a mixed race community. Bride fulfilled two ambitions, to have a beautiful garden and to become an ordained minister of the Anglican church—she was one of the first group of women to be ordained in 1992. He church was the smallest in South Africa, St …

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