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Denis Vernon CarpyJohn Henry CoulsonOtho William Strangman FitzGeraldEdward Brodie FrenchMichael Stewart Rees HuttRobert George MilneDaniel McVicker MorrisonJames Eric RankineJohn Barry SalesKathleen Mary Vernon (née Henderson)

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7261.640 (Published 09 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:640

Denis Vernon Carpy


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Psychoanalyst and consultant psychotherapist Southern General Hospital, Glasgow (b Rutherglen 1951; q Glasgow 1974; MRCP, FRCPsych), d 9 June 2000. Denis always intended to practise psychiatry and he underwent the prolonged training necessary to become an associate member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, being appointed consultant psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic in 1985. In 1990 he moved to Glasgow to be close to his roots in the west of Scotland. He was an inspiring teacher and did much to disseminate the effectiveness of psychoanalytic theory. A paper on countertransference earned him international recognition. He had an inimitable style of joke telling and a lively personality, and one of his proudest achievements was organising the 25th anniversary reunion of his medical year in 1999. Outside medicine Denis's interests ranged from barber shop singing to supporting his local junior football team, not to mention his weekend job as “roadie” to his musician son. He leaves a wife, Carol-Anne, and a son and daughter (a medical student).

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John Henry Coulson


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Former medical officer to students and nurses, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, 1949–82 (b 1920;q St Bartholomew's 1944; DCH, DRCOG), d 28 May 2000. After two years as a captain with the Household Cavalry in the Royal Army Medical Corps he became chief assistant in the children's department at Barts. In 1949 John started the work among the students and was a founder member of the British Student Health Association, becoming president in 1966. Depressed students were given his home telephone number on large pieces of bright yellow card, in the hope that the striking colour would remind them to call him when they were feeling low. He invited up to 200 students and nurses to his home every year. Much of the motivation for his caring came from …

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