Obituaries

Richard Stuart AtkinsonPeter Alfred BoxallThomas Ernest Ashdown CarrThomas Charles CorsonGeorge Alexander Norman (“Buzz”) DavisJohn Andrew Noble EmslieMichael Thomas GilliesRaymond George HarcourtWilliam Stewart KilpatrickAlan Roger Marsh

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7234.583 (Published 26 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:583

Richard Stuart Atkinson


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Honorary consultant anaesthetist Southend- on-Sea and former vice dean of the Faculty (now Royal College) of Anaesthetists (b Yorkshire 1927; q Cambridge/St Bartholomew's 1951; FRCA; OBE), d 3 January 2000. Dick did his national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps and after he passed the first final examination for the diploma of the fellowship of the faculty he became a specialist anaesthetist at British Military Hospital Rinteln in Germany. He was appointed to Southend in 1961 where he joined Dr J Alfred Lee. The two men became close colleagues and friends and Dick coauthored Lee's textbook, A Synopsis of Anaesthesia, from the fifth edition onwards. Atkinson wrote and presented many papers and authored, coauthored, or coedited several textbooks, including several editions of Recent Advances in Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Dick was president of the anaesthesia section of the Royal Society of Medicine and of the History of Anaesthsia Society and vice president of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. At Southend he was clinical tutor, a member of the district health authority, and chairman of the district ethical committee. He loved opera and had a Yorkshireman's love of cricket; he was a member of the Marylebone and the Yorkshire Cricket Clubs. He leaves a wife, Veronica; two sons; two daughters; and 11 grandchildren.

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Peter Alfred Boxall

Former general practitioner New Malden, Surrey, 1951–88 (b1923; q University College Hospital 1946), died from lung cancer on 30 December 1999. After house jobs he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Kenya. While he was in practice he also acted as visiting medical officer to the Springfield Psychiatric Hospital Annexe. He was a conscientious doctor who was held in high regard by colleagues and patients. Peter had a firm religious faith coupled with a wry sense of …

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