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Islay Cecil Chambers (Bunty Barne)Charles Denley ClarkEmil Mendel HolzerAlison Kennard MittingMary Patricia Stella PhelanAileen Campbell RocheSuhas Kumar RoyJames Brian ShawArthur Harold Colyear WalkerWilliam (Bill) Eric Watson

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7291.932 (Published 14 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:932

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Islay Cecil Chambers (Bunty Barne)

Principal medical officer for family planning Lewisham and North Southwark 1974-82 (b Poltalloch, Scotland, 1917; q King's College Hospital 1941; MRCOG, MFCM), died after a short illness on 23 January 2001. Towards the end of the second world war she joined the army as a surgeon and was stationed at Catterick and later at Maidstone Hospital. She then worked in public health in Lewisham, south east London, gained experience in family planning at the pioneering King's College Hospital clinics, and trained in psychosexual medicine. She was appointed to integrate the Family Planning Association clinics into the NHS in 1974. Under her leadership the service expanded greatly, the domiciliary service was developed, and psychosexual problem clinics were established. In retirement, she and her husband, Roland, moved to Rutland where she was able to enjoy the country life she loved. Predeceased by Roland, she leaves two children and five grandchildren.

[Katharine Draper]

Charles Denley Clark


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Former consultant surgeon Wakefield (b Bangkok 1908; q Leeds 1933; FRCS Ed, FRCS), died from Alzheimer's disease on 27 January 2001. After four years of surgical training, he spent two years as surgeon to the International Grenfell Association in Labrador, often travelling in hazardous conditions by dog sledge to remote Inuit communities. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps from D-Day onwards, ending as officer commanding the 72nd Indian General Hospital in Malaya in 1947. He was appointed consultant surgeon in 1950 with duties at Clayton, Pinderfields, Normanton, Castleford, Pontefract, and Goole Hospitals. After retiring from general surgery aged 65, he returned full time for the next five years, setting up the first consultant led emergency department at Pinderfields Hospital. His interests included skiing and gardening. He leaves a wife, June.

[Graham Bird]

Emil Mendel Holzer


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Former general practitioner London (b Tarnow, Poland, 1909; q Kraków 1935; MD, MRCGP), d 6 December …

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