Obituaries

Howard Roderick DuvalJohn Daniel GriffithsDavid Eryl MeredithHugh Stewart Kerr SainsburyNorman Tate

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7300.1493 (Published 16 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1493

Howard Roderick Duval


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Former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Coventry (b South River, Canada, 1907; q Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, 1932; FRCS, FRCOG), d 4 January 2001. Howard financed his medical training by playing the piano to accompany silent films, leading a jazz band at dances, and by working as a lumberjack. After qualification he came to this country and held various posts in the West Midlands. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1941 as a surgical specialist and saw service in the Falkland Islands. Returning in 1943 his troopship was torpedoed and he spent two days drifting in an open boat before rescue. Demobilised in 1946 he was appointed consulting obstetrician and gynaecologist to the Coventry group of hospitals. A dry sense of humour and the ability to kerb the verbose made him an ideal chairman of committees. Predeceased by his younger son, he leaves a wife, Joan; a son; and two grandchildren.

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John Daniel Griffiths

Former consultant surgeon St Bartholomew's Hospital, London (b Llanelli, South Wales, 1926; q London 1949; FRCS, MS), died suddenly on 10 April 2001 …

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