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Robert CoxZeta Marion Ursula EastesHenry Colin GeldardGrace Edith Harland (née Mellows)John Charles HarlandJohn Howard InskipGriselda Jenner (née Seggie)Jacqueline Vyvienne Keighley (née Burch)Mary LennoxRonald Blackwood PridieCreasy Selabhaya Ratnatunga

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7242.1149 (Published 22 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1149

Robert Cox


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Consultant surgeon Westminster Hospital, 1944–77 (b 1912; q Westminster 1935; FRCS; CBE), d 7 February 2000. After serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the second world war Robert was appointed to the staff of Westminster Hospital as a general surgeon. As Hunterian professor in 1957 he lectured on oesophageal cancer, not a condition for the fainthearted surgeon in those days. He became principally a urologist, but his clinical opinion was so highly regarded that he held honorary appointments in many London hospitals. He was a memorable teacher at the bedside and in outpatients. He was totally committed to all things concerning Westminister Hospital and its medical school. Of Irish parents, he could blaze, but only as necessary, and the twinkle in his eye was never far away. A keen fisherman, he retired to an idyllic spot by the River Itchen, where he cultivated a beautiful garden and would hold court on almost any subject. Predeceased by his wife, Joan, after a long illness, he leaves a daughter and two sons (one a consultant urologist).

[John Webster]

Zeta Marion Ursula Eastes

Former general practitioner and community health doctor south Gloucestershire (b 1914; q University College Hospital 1939), d 20 November 1999. After qualifying she and her new husband took on a scattered rural practice on the edge of the Cotswolds. They had to do everything from home deliveries to making up and dispensing their own medicines and doing postmortems. After her children were born she moved into community child health. Zeta had an excellent analytical brain and a memory for detail. Her highly productive garden, beautiful photography, and foreign travel were essential parts of her life until she died. She made significant contributions to local politics, education, and history, folk song and dance, botany and birdwatching. She was a generous hostess and lively …

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