Obituaries

Peter Bertram CookMervyn Leslie HamiltonPhilip HartleySheila Mary HowarthBirendra Nath MallikMalcolm Joseph Jude PaesFrancis Tillyard PageWilliam Martin ReidJohn Chaplin SloperJoan Clarkson Stephens

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7266.964 (Published 14 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:964

Peter Bertram Cook


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Physician, specialist in occupational medicine, and former chief medical officer Dubai Aluminium Company (b Stratford, London, 1926; q St George's 1949; FRCP, MFOM), d 17 June 2000. After house jobs he joined the Royal Air Force and was posted to Iraq for national service, ending with the rank of squadron leader. He joined Shell and circumnavigated the globe as a ship's doctor, stopping for a year in Australia. He wrote an MD on the effects of thyrotoxicosis on bone metabolism. Peter then joined BP and travelled extensively in the Middle East where he spent most of his working life as chief medical officer in Bahrain and Dubai. He retired in 1994. He was chairman of the health committee of the International Primary Aluminium Institute and wrote the second edition of Trevethick's Occupational Health Hazards. Peter worked hard to improve the working conditions of the largely Asian workforce and was held in high esteem. He leaves a wife, Ann; a daughter (a GP) and two sons (one an orthopaedic surgeon); and three grandchildren.

[Elizabeth J Cook Robert E Cook]

Mervyn Leslie Hamilton


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Former general practitioner Cardiff (b1924; q Cambridge/The London 1950), d 2 June 2000. During the second world war Leslie was so horrified to hear of the atrocities in Germany that he broke off his medical studies and went to Bergen Belsen to help tend the survivors. When he graduated he set up a singlehanded practice in Merthyr and in the mid-1960s set up practice in the Ely part of Cardiff. Here his interest in sports medicine started and in 1965 he became honorary medical officer to Cardiff City Football Club. He served the club for 35 years and was honorary medical consultant at the time of his death. When he travelled to a European Cup game in Moscow he smuggled in Jewish prayer books and clothes and distributed them to the Refuseniks. His children and grandchildren followed his enthusiasm for sport. Leslie was also very involved with the Jewish community in Cardiff. Leslie was married twice and leaves two daughters; a son; and six grandchildren.

[L D M Nokes]

Philip Hartley


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Former senior medical officer British Steel Corporation, 1945-76 (b 1913; q Manchester 1936; MFOM; MBE), d 28 April 2000. He went into general practice and during the second world war he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, rising to the rank of major and serving in the Middle East and Greece. In 1947 he contracted polio, which left him with weak and wasted lower limbs. This did not prevent an active life, however, and in particular a keen interest in fly fishing later on. At Samuel Fox, then part of the United Steel Company, he built up the medical department. Apart from dealing with accidental injuries much of his work involved educating staff and ensuring safer working practices. He published papers on noise induced hearing loss. He lectured widely on first aid and was a prominent member of the St John Ambulance Brigade. He was an amusing conversationalist and a good listener. Predeceased by his wife, Bee, he leaves two sons (one a consultant physician), and four grandchildren.

[John Hartley]

Sheila Mary Howarth


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Former principal medical officer Medical Research Council, 1964-80 (b 1920; q London 1943; FRCP), died suddenly from pneumonia on 31 July 2000. After house jobs she joined the pioneering cardiac catheterisation team of McMichael and Sharpey-Schafer at Hammersmith Hospital. She was subsequently a research assistant at University College London and from 1949 to 1955 was senior research fellow at the Institute of Cardiology. Sheila joined the MRC in 1964 after a period at home with her children and became head of the division predominantly responsible for clinical research. When she retired she had two relaxing years before her husband had a devastating stroke and she became his devoted carer until his death in 1993. She then travelled extensively and pursued her musical interests, playing and listening. Sheila considered herself a classical Yorkshirewoman: hardworking and at times blunt speaking. She was an enthusiastic gardener. Sheila married Peter Sharpey-Schafer, who died in 1963, and Sir John McMichael, who died in 1993. She leaves two daughters from her marriage to Peter Sharpey-Schafer (one of whom is a doctor) and five grandchildren.

[Judy Sharpey-Schafer]

Birendra Nath Mallik

Former consultant geriatrician Worcester and Evesham (b 1928; q Calcutta 1953; FRCP), died from ischaemic heart disease and ventricular failure on 4 June 2000. After he graduated he joined the Indian armed forces medical corps, and then moved to Britain for his postgraduate training. He worked in several hospital posts and in general practice before deciding on geriatrics. At Worcester he worked hard to establish a department of geriatric medicine and had to overcome many difficulties before achieving a comprehensive service. Biren was charming, hospitable, and a witty conversationalist; he enjoyed a provocative discussion. Outside medicine he was an avid reader, enjoying history and philosophy, and other hobbies included gardening, cooking, and wine tasting.

[Debu Gooptu]

Malcolm Joseph Jude Paes


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Specialist anaesthetist (b Kenya 1962; q Cambridge 1989; MRCP, FRCA), d 27 July 2000. During his final year of training in anaesthesia Malcolm developed an interest in pain management, and completed specialist training in the subject while he was a fellow at St Thomas's. It was his intention to set up a programme aimed at rehabilitating people with chronic pain. His inquiring mind led him to get to the bottom of every subject, and this enthusiasm extended to his passion for music, art, and antiques. He was also a talented violinist and pianist. Despite his many achievements he remained humble and unassuming with a good sense of humour.

[S Kanagasundaram]

Francis Tillyard Page


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Former consultant physician Bristol hospitals (b 1920; q Middlesex 1943 (Broderip scholar); MD, FRCP), d 11 June 2000. He was a keen athlete at school and university and was a county squash player. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, mainly in India and Burma. In his 10 years as a registrar he was involved in the Clean Air Act and the ill effects of smoking, and in 1951 published his observations on the beneficial effect of mepacrine in lupus erythematosus. Francis was appointed a consultant in 1958 and his principal interests were in neurology and care of disabled people. He pioneered the Orchard View unit for the young, long term disabled at Ham Green Hospital. He was regional adviser on the use of the “possum” apparatus for people with severe communication problems and was a founder member of St Peter's Hospice in Bristol, retaining an interest after retirement. He was area organiser of postgraduate studies and clinical dean at Southmead Hospital, and took an active interest in the careers of his students and junior staff. He leaves a wife, Juliet; a daughter; and two sons (one a GP).

[Gordon Mather]

William Martin Reid


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Former general practitioner Anfield and Bootle, 1958-97 (b Leckpatrick, Co Tyrone, 1926; q Dublin 1955), died from a cerebral haemorrhage on 14 July 2000. He was in practice with his brother for over over 30 years and medical adviser to Liverpool Football Club for over 20 years. His other brother was also a GP in Liverpool. He was a knowledgeable man, whose Roman Catholic faith was pre-eminent in his life; he was a leading member of the Catenians. An expert navigator and sailor, he competed in the Fastnet Race. His retirement was spent travelling, playing golf, and studying Gaelic. He leaves a wife, Vera; two daughters; a son; and two grandsons.

[John E Wright]

John Chaplin Sloper


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Emeritus professor of histopatholgy University of London (b Singapore 1922; q Cambridge/London 1945; FRCP, FRCPath), d 14 June 2000. At the London he developed ideas which governed his subsequent approach to pathology—namely, the importance of the application of scientific method to medicine. In 1956 he became a reader and honorary consultant histopathologist at Charing Cross and was awarded a personal chair in experimental pathology in 1966. He made important contributions to the understanding of axoplasmic transport of neurosecretory naterial. Later his research was centred around muscle regeneration and the role of the muscle precursor cell. The results of this work took on particular importance after the discovery of the genes and their products involved in muscular dystrophy. In committees members were always made aware of his views, particularly when he thought that academic standards were being compromised. He leaves a wife, Susan; three daughters (all of whom are doctors); and eight grandchildren.

[David Woodrow]

Joan Clarkson Stephens


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Former general practitioner Kirkburton, Yorkshire, 1948-82 (b 1922; q Leeds 1947), died from adenocarcinoma of the lung on 18 April 2000. Joan joined her father in what was then a small rural practice. She combined her dedication and affection with a down to earth apprach to general practice, which was an asset in a rural Yorkshire community. Outside medicine she loved sport and the countryside. She was a talented cricket player, captaining the Yorkshire ladies team, and a keen horsewoman, hunting for many years. Latterly, she developed a love of dogs and competed in obedience trials with a succession of labradors. She was also a keen birdwatcher and photographer. When she retired to Gloucestershire she became active in local societies and the church. She leaves a brother and sister in law; two nephews; and a niece (all doctors).

[John Stephens Henry Stephens and Catherine Stephens]

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