Obituaries

William Greig Fettes AdamsMargaret Hilary BirchLeonard CromeMaurice Henry HandollCrawford John Thurston

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7299.1430 (Published 09 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1430

William Greig Fettes Adams


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Occupational physician Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) 1955–86 (b Kilwinning, Ayrshire, 1927; q St Andrews 1949), d 16 April 2001. Bill served with the Royal Air Force in Malta and North Africa. Then he spent a year as a trainee assistant in general practice in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, before joining ICI. He worked for the metals, plastics, and dyes divisions in various locations including Huddersfield, Manchester, Fleetwood, and Welwyn Garden City. Bill was one of the first to research the toxic effects of vinyl chloride and isocyanates and published several papers on both studies. He enjoyed golf, although longstanding ankylosing spondylitis restricted his movements. He leaves a wife, Ishbel, two sons, and two grandchildren.

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Margaret Hilary Birch


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General practitioner south east London and Cambridge (b York 1945; q London 1968; DCH), died 28 December 2000 after a 10 year illness latterly diagnosed as invasive Sjögren's syndrome. Meg showed considerable literary talents while at school but her mother's early death confirmed her …

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