Kenneth BarlowJohn Patrick Macrae BenstedJohn David Waite FisherLeslie Wallace LausteWilliam Robert MooreNigel Geoffrey NicholsonDavid Harry PickettCyril TaylorHermon TaylorJohn Edward White

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:800

Kenneth Barlow

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Former general practitioner Coventry and director of radiology Ipswich Group of Hospitals (b 1906; q London 1935; FRCR, DMR), d 9 December 2000. After qualifying, he worked as a GP during the bombing of Coventry in the 1940s. Soon after he wrote the books The State of Public Knowledge and The Discipline of Peace, which looked at postwar reconstruction. Churchill apparently kept a copy of the latter by his bed. In 1947 Kenneth became a founder member of the Soil Association. He was passionately concerned that there should be more research into what constitutes health in its widest sense, not just into curative medicine, and it was with that aim in mind that he designed a project to rebuild a community within Coventry where research into health could be carried out in a controlled environment, with food provided by an organic farm. His first foray into publishing had been in 1930 when he contributed sociological and philosophical articles to literary journals such as T S Eliot's Criterion.

[Joanna Ray]

John Patrick Macrae Bensted

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Former experimental and clinical histopathologist (b 1920; q Cambridge/Guy's 1945; MRCPath), d 8 October 2000. After house jobs, service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and a pathology fellowship in the United States, he became lecturer in pathology at Guy's Hospital Medical School, where he was a popular teacher and developed an aptitude for experimental work. In 1957 he became a research pathologist at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, where his most important work was done over the next 13 years. In those days of fall-out from nuclear testing he made some of the earliest studies of the pathology of tumours in animals exposed to bone-seeking radionuclides. In 1970 he became consultant histopathologist at St Helier Hospital, Carshalton. John was a skilful artist. He leaves a wife, Anne; four children; and 12 grandchildren.

[Richard Carter, William N Landells, Tony Missen, G Gordon Steel]

John David Waite Fisher

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Former consultant psychiatrist Guy's, Medway, and Maidstone 1976–87 (b 1927; q London 1955; FRCPsych, FRCP), died from gastric carcinoma on 3 December 2000. David turned to medicine and psychiatry after initial qualifications in agriculture. He played a major role in the development of the Medway district psychiatric services, including the planning of the psychiatric acute unit at Medway Hospital. He was particularly active in the development of multidisciplinary teams, and of community facilities. He became an appointed doctor to the Mental Health Commission in 1984. David was a quiet man with a dry sense of humour. He was a good teacher whose depth and breadth of psychiatric knowledge led him readily to the solution of difficult problems. His interests were mainly history, travel, and gardening. He leaves a wife, Pat; three children; four stepchildren; and 15 grandchildren.

[A B Goorney, R L Symonds]

Leslie Wallace Lauste

Former consultant surgeon Royal Sussex County, Hove General, and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children, Brighton, 1945–74 (b 1908; q St Thomas's 1932; FRCS, MBE), d 3 January 2001. At the start of the second world war, he was appointed a surgical specialist in the Royal Army Medical Corps. In February 1940, he was moved to France. With the Germans closing in, he was ordered to Boulogne, from where he could have escaped, but he chose to remain to help treat the wounded. As a prisoner of war over the next five years, he was moved around 10 times, treating Russian and French as well as British soldiers, ending up in Landsdorf in Silesia. Leslie had remarkably wide interests in music, languages, architecture, and botany. In his 80s he continued to pursue the study of Greek and Latin. He had a love of foreign travel, always with a historical purpose, such as a search for Xanadu. There were few countries in the world that he had not visited.

[Philip Somerville]

William Robert Moore

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General practitioner Enfield, Middlesex, 1960–89 (b 1929; q Cambridge/UCH 1956; MRCP, FRCGP), d 30 November 2000. His working life was characterised by his sense of mission to improve the quality and standing of general practice. He set up the Chase Farm and North Middlesex vocational training scheme in 1968 and for 10 years was its first course organiser. He also found time to carry out a valuable research project on terminal care in the community. A founder member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, he was chair of the then Northern Home Counties faculty. Bill's interests ranged from fell walking in the Lake District to bee keeping and he derived great pleasure from clarinet playing in a small orchestra. In retirement, before illness intervened, he wrote a well received novel. He leaves a wife, Eileen, and three children.

[Christopher Jephcott]

Nigel Geoffrey Nicholson

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Former general practitioner Ashford, Middlesex (b Purley 1922; q Guy's 1946; FRCGP), d 12 December 2000. After national service in the Royal Air Force in Sri Lanka, he joined a partnership in 1949 where he helped create one of the earliest group practices. The care of his large personal list required a 12 hour day, which he accepted without complaint. He was secretary of the local BMA division for 13 years and chairman twice, and a GP trainer. He worked full time for 37 years, then another three years part time until he retired in 1989. Accomplished at DIY he was to be seen sliding his 6ft 4in frame under the surgery floor boards, eager to rectify some fault. He was a keen bricklayer and built a treble garage with a pitched roof and cavity walls. He enjoyed caravanning holidays, sailing, and repairing boats and cars. He leaves a wife, Christine; four children; and eight grandchildren.

[G B Whitaker]

David Harry Pickett

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Former general practitioner Wincanton, Somerset (b Surrey 1931; q Westminster Hospital 1953; DObstRCOG), died from a mesothelioma on 9 September 2000. After qualifying, he went to Malaya with the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he saw frontline action in the war against communist guerrillas. He then worked in Bournemouth before entering general practice in Wincanton, where he remained until 1991. Obstetrics was a particular forte. Also, for many years he anaesthetised patients for consultant colleagues at Wincanton Memorial Hospital. For the last 20 years in the practice, he was senior partner. Shortly after his retirement, his first wife, Dickie, died suddenly. Eventually he felt the need to return to work, and found fulfilment for a time working for the Benefits Agency. He leaves his second wife, Denise; and two children and a grandson from his first marriage.

[Robert G Jones]

Cyril Taylor

Former general practitioner Liverpool (b Wallasey; q Liverpool 1943; FRCGP), d 11 December 2000. He pioneered the concept of the health centre, believing general practice should be delivered by groups of doctors sharing clinical facilities and using local authority social and welfare services. His political interests began at school. At first, he was attracted to Zionism, especially its left wing, but in the 1930s he felt that the only effective opposition to Hitlerism was the Communist party, which he joined in 1938. After the war he became increasingly critical of the Soviet Union and the British party and left it in 1956. During the war the medical course was shortened by working through the vacations and as a result his year qualified in 1943. He was called up to the Royal Army Medical Corps and he saw service in Sudan, Iraq, and as medical officer on a troopship. After demobilisation Cyril accepted an appointment as a medical officer to the Liverpool Shipping Federation, which sacked him when it heard of his involvement in left-wing politics. He now set up in singlehanded general practice from scratch. He was elected a Labour councillor in 1965. In 1970 he was appointed chairman of the council's social services committee and was able to initiate many projects to alleviate the social deprivation that was rife in Liverpool. In 1977, he achieved what he had long worked for and moved into group practice. In the same year the Labour government appointed him to the Royal Commission on the NHS. He leaves a wife, Pat; two children; a grandson; and a partner of 12 years' standing.

[H Silver]

Hermon Taylor

Former consultant surgeon the London Hospital (b Workington 1905; q Cambridge/Bart's 1929; FRCS; MD), d 10 January 2001. Famous for his flexible gastroscope, whose steering system (his invention) is still used in endoscopes today, he was innovative in many fields: he treated perforated peptic ulcers by “suck and drip”; in the breast the results of his “sector mastectomy” for localised cancer were as good as radical surgery; he showed that it was safe to aspirate cysts—then sheer heresy. By laparoscopy, using a simple cystoscope, he avoided laparotomy for suspected malignant ascites. His gastroscope quickly built him an international reputation, but he also devised his “no loop” gastrectomy which avoided dumping, and was the first to suture a colostomy directly to the skin, then quite unheard of. In the 1950s when heparin became available, he changed direction to tackle the problem of arterial obstruction, at first by endarterectomy, and later aortic replacement using freeze-dried grafts before artificial prostheses were available. Many honours came his way. His memorial is to be seen in the Hermon Taylor Department of Endoscopy at Barts and the London which he opened last year. A keen sailor, Hermon retired to Bosham Hoe, where he could see his moorings from his drawing room. Predeceased by his first wife, he leaves his second wife, Noreen, and five children.

[John Blandy]

John Edward White

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Former consultant dermatologist Southampton (b Mortlake 1934; q St Thomas's 1956; FRCP, MD), d 19 December 2000. He was a senior registrar at St John's and was appointed at Southampton in 1972. He was president of the Southampton Medical Society, established one of the first pigmented lesion clinics, established the Solent Skin Society, and was one of the first people to recognise Lyme disease in the United Kingdom. He was also actively involved in Romsey where he lived. He will be best remembered as chairman of the Romsey Hospital Appeal, a project that occupied the last three years of his life and raised £836 000. Fundraising events included the “Pull a Virgin” project, dragging one of Virgin's jumbo jets 100 metres. At the time of his death he was planning the world's largest “ring of roses” with 1500 children. He had a lifelong love of the sea and competed at Cowes regatta for many years. He leaves a wife, Grace; a son; and three grandchildren.

[G M Fairris]

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