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.

[Richard E Shaw]

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 while on holiday in France. Throughout his career he remained closely linked to Barts, passing through the ranks to become senior surgeon before his retirement in 1991. As a young surgeon he was a Hunterian professor and was awarded a Rockefeller scholarship to Chicago. While there he completed his masters on the blood supply to the colon. His papers and research were rewarded by a series of honours, culminating in appointment as Gresham professor of physick. As a student at Cambridge he became a Christian, a major theme throughout the rest of his life. In retirement he followed his love of sport, and his interest in the arts continued to develop. He took painting lessons every week and he attended theatre, opera, and concerts. He celebrated his golden wedding anniversary the week before he died. He leaves a wife, Rosemary; five children; and 12 grandchildren.

[Sian Griffiths]

David Eryl Meredith


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Former consultant physician Glan Clwyd Hospital, North Wales (b Dolgellau 1917; q Guy's 1939; MD, FRCP, OBE), died from a brain haemorrhage on 17 March 2001. He served in the Royal Air Force medical branch from 1941 to 1946, becoming a squadron leader. After lecturing in medicine at the Welsh National School of Medicine, he was appointed consultant physician to the then Clwyd and Deeside area in 1950. He was the first whole time consultant in a new area and therefore the pioneer in the initial organisation and expansion of the consultant services. His particular interest was cardiology and he also started the first diabetic clinic in the area. He was the original director of a purpose built postgraduate centre at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Rhyl—the first of its kind in Wales. In 1979, he was awarded an OBE for medical services in Wales and just before retirement was appointed one of the first two medical ombudsmen in Wales. After retiring to his native Dolgellau, he became high sheriff of Gwynedd and also enjoyed angling, worldwide travel, and bridge.

[Morris Jonathan]

Hugh Stewart Kerr Sainsbury


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Community physician Newcastle upon Tyne 1953–74 (b 1907; q Royal London Hospital 1934), died from a renal tumour on 17 February 2001. After several house jobs in morning coat and tails, Hugh became assistant to Dr Auden (father of W H) in Birmingham. In 1939 he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and spent the early part of the war examining the health and psychological impact of evacuation on children. Hugh had found his niche. Accompanying the Allied invasion of Italy in 1944, he noticed marked differences in the health and development of children as the Allies moved inland. Intrigued, he recorded his observations and analysed samples of the water. On returning to England he published his findings, speculating that the high fluoride content of the water was responsible for the better teeth of the children inland. In 1953 he was appointed senior school medical officer for Newcastle upon Tyne, where he worked in some of the poorest communities in the country. He retired to Staffordshire in 1974 but continued walking (he refused to drive) to inspect schools until he was compulsorily retired aged 70. He learnt Greek at 75, mended clocks at 80, and produced a history of the church at 90, but it was his garden that was his true passion. He leaves a wife, Margaret; two children; and three grandchildren.

[Colin Wilson]

Norman Tate

Former consultant anaesthetist Salisbury Hospitals (b Bolton, Lancashire, 1924; q Cambridge/King's London 1947; FFA, RCS), died on 25 March 2001 following a stroke. After qualifying he served in the Royal Air Force. A posting to Andover introduced him to Wessex, which he came to love. He returned to King's to train as an anaesthetist, and spent two years in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Peter Brent Brigham Hospital, part of Harvard Medical School. He was appointed consultant in Salisbury in 1957, and for many years he was the chairman and acknowledged leader of his department. He set up and directed the intensive care unit, one of the first in Wessex. He was an outstanding and competitive sportsman. At Cambridge, he won a blue at soccer and went on to play for Dulwich Hamlet, Corinthian Casuals, and, on occasions, Bolton Wanderers, playing centre half behind the legendary Nat Lofthouse. He leaves a wife, Joan; two children; and five grandchildren

[Peter Smethurst]

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