Obituaries

Peter Gordon DalgleishIvonna Ellis (née Hughes)H John FriendAnthony Harold Mercer GazePamela Mary Kendall (née Field)David LintottThomas Ignatius McBrideJames Lang McNeillLionel Gordon WhitbyJack (“John”) Kenneth Willson-Pepper

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7247.1477 (Published 27 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1477

Peter Gordon Dalgleish


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Former general practitioner Northampton, 1954-88 (b 1919; q Middlesex 1941; MRCP, MD (gold medal)), d 15 April 2000. During the second world war he served in the Royal Naval Reserve. Suitable jobs were hard to find after demobilisation, but he became a lecturer in medicine in Bristol, gaining the membership of the Royal College of Physicians and the MD. He then changed direction and entered general practice in Northampton where his wife was already a consultant anaesthetist. He raised the standard of the practice, and his reputation could be judged by the fact that his list included many doctors. He took part in local medicopolitics, and was chairman of the local medical committee, the family practitioner committee, and the BMA branch. He was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977. Peter expected high standards, but his sometimes austere manner veiled a deep concern for people and an insight into the human condition. He was an accomplished conversationalist, who delighted us with his witty, unrecyled aphorisms. He leaves a wife, Brownie, and four children (three of them doctors).

[R E S Tripney

Ivonna Ellis (née Hughes)

Former developmental paediatrician (b Newtown, Wales, 1924; q Manchester 1952; MD), d 4 February 2000. A breech birth left Vona with a paralysed right leg and bilaterally dislocated hips, but surgery by Sir Harry Platt (the first of its kind) when she was 4 enabled her to walk with a calliper. After various hospital posts she researched the obstetric and paediatric management of Rhesus isoimmunisation, which led to her MD. Her papers are still landmark publications. As developmental paediatrician to a neonatal referral centre she followed many low birthweight children with great skill. Her way of helping families with a disabled child was to use herself as an example and point to the many abilities that needed nurturing. In …

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