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BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7277.53 (Published 06 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:53

Thomas Morrison Clayton


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Medical officer of health for Coventry, 1947-72 (b Gateshead 1907; q Durham 1933; MD, DPH), d 21 October 2000. After a short period in general practice, he followed his father and elder brother into public health on Tyneside. In 1943 he moved to Coventry, where the early part of his tenure as medical officer of health coincided with the birth of the NHS, with which he was much involved at a local level. He made an important contribution to the planning, provision, and integration of public health and related services in the city, and he had a special interest in services for people with a disability. Although quiet and reserved by nature, he displayed a steely determination to achieve all the goals he set in his professional and private life. Outside medicine he had a lifelong interest in sport (at which he excelled in his early years) and music, but most of his time was centred on his family. Although he remained in Coventry after his retirement, he had an abiding affection for his native north east and its people. He leaves a wife, Vera; three children; and three grandchildren.

[Nigel M Clayton]

Jean Arthur Gemmell

Former medical superintendent the Maternity Hospital, Aden, and medical officer to the Women's Medical Service of India (b 1904; q Edinburgh 1929), d 10 November 2000. After qualifying, Jean went to India as a medical missionary and later transferred to the Women's Medical Service. For many years she ran hospitals in various parts of the country, and she left India when the service was disbanded after partition. She then joined the Colonial Service, working in Aden until she retired. After retirement she spent a year in Uganda with the International Red Cross, finally returning to her native Edinburgh. She was hard working and highly respected.

[Elizabeth Gemmell] …

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