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John Roberts BattyRichard Bertram ColesRobert Christopher HillMichael George Raworth HullKeith Leslie KeithGeoffrey Alan Gerring MoggWilfred Herbert William MorrisMichael Charles Tempest ReillyJames SharpRoger Dorrington Ward

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7232.449 (Published 12 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:449

John Roberts Batty

Former general practitioner Dinnington, south Yorkshire, 1952–83 (b Leeds 1913; q Sheffield 1951), d 24 December 1999. After a varied career he decided to study medicine and entered general practice. In 1966 the two practices in Dinnington united to form the Dinnington Group Practice. Always a keen BMA member he played an active part in the renaissance of the Rotherham Division, becoming chairman in 1978. He was later chairman of the family practitioner committee before retiring and moving to Norfolk. He was an enthusiastic, if bad, golfer: he ruefully described it as “trying to play golf on stilts” but persisted until failing sight made the tally of lost balls and lost time too much for himself and his suffering partners. His other passions for music, particularly opera, and the theatre, never diminished. He leaves a wife, Lilith; a son; and a daughter.

[John Roberts Batty]

Richard Bertram Coles


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Former consultant dermatologist Northampton, 1948–79 (b Workington 1919; q King's College Hospital 1946; FRCP; OBE), died after several years of ill health on 29 December 1999. His early education was restricted by severe asthma and he contracted tuberculosis when he started medical school. He did part of his training in Glasgow under a wartime evacuation scheme. After he qualified he volunteered for the army and served as a captain in the 23rd Scottish field hospital in Germany. When he moved to Northampton he was solely responsible for the dermatology service in the county until he was able to train general practitioner assistants. His appreciation of the emotional consequences of skin disease resulted from a period of training at the Institute of Human Relations under Dr Michael Ballint. Richard set up group therapy sessions, initially for patients with eczema and later for those with psoriasis, holding them in his home. This led to the formation of …

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