Obituaries

Ronald CanneyJohn (Jack) Douglas DaviesEdward Mervyn EvansColin McLaren MaddoxErnst PhilippJacob ShapiroEric Charles TillLeon J WarshawArthur WhitewrightStanley Fausst Yolles

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7285.558 (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:558

Ronald Canney

Consultant surgeon Kent and Canterbury, and Thanet hospitals 1947–81 (b 1916; q Cambridge/London 1940; MChir, FRCS, FICS), d 5 November 2000. Before going up to Cambridge, he spent a year at Würzburg University in Germany studying anatomy, where he was reprimanded for his anti-Nazi views. During the second world war he served in the Royal Navy as surgeon lieutenant, escorting convoys in the north Atlantic on HMS Maplin, a converted merchant ship which catapulted Hurricanes into combat. He was also medical officer at the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth when it was bombed, and helped in the Plymouth Blitz. At Kent and Canterbury, he prided himself on his neat scars, and took the same trouble when operating on archbishops or criminals alike. He once spent many hours repairing the neck of a stabbing victim. Some months later he received a letter from the doctor in attendance at Maidstone prison. The letter informed him that this patient had been hanged—the last at Maidstone—and added that he would be interested to know that his stitches had held. He helped set up the postgraduate centre and the private Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury. He had a deep love of the countryside, and was a keen shot in his youth, but his main skills lay in fly-fishing. He leaves a wife, Judy; two children; and four grandchildren.

[Richard E C Collins]

John (Jack) Douglas Davies

Consultant histopathologist and former senior lecturer Bristol, then Merthyr Tydfil (b Kew 1936; q St Bartholomew's 1961; MD, FRCPath), died from renal complications of diabetes on 10 July 2000. He followed two generations of his family at Barts. Jack was appointed senior lecturer in Bristol in 1972, having held a senior registrar post at Barts. He became an internationally renowned gastrointestinal and breast pathologist and wrote over 300 papers and more than 22 …

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