Obituaries

Peter Michael BurridgeAlfred Henry DawesRamji GautamRobert John Grove-WhiteErnest Harold Carr HarperRichard Corfield HowardKathleen ScottHamish WatsonJames WightmanGregory Cain Williams

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7309.403 (Published 18 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:403

Peter Michael Burridge


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Consultant anaesthetist Rochdale 1984-94 and Oldham (b Bristol 1951; q Manchester 1974; FRCA), died unexpectedly in his sleep from sudden death syndrome on 15 June 2001 during a sponsored cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats. Pete began anaesthesia as a senior house officer in Oldham. After posts in medicine and anaesthesia in the Manchester area, he was appointed consultant anaesthetist at Rochdale, where he set up a 24 hour obstetric epidural service. He became involved in cardiopulmonary resuscitation training within the hospital, and was a founder member of the local ambulance advisory and assessment panel. He also organised basic CPR training for the community. In 1994 he returned to Oldham. A committed Christian, Pete's life went far beyond his work. The department was privy to a whole stream of projects: electronics, cycling, motorbikes, Buttercup (his campervan), marathon running, diving, and, recently, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. Pete's cousin had died from an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy and, with his usual enthusiasm, Pete flung himself into setting up this new charity. His biggest contribution was the creation of its website. He leaves a wife, Debi, and two daughters.

[John K Orton]

Alfred Henry Dawes


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General practitioner Bishop Auckland 1949-88 (b 1922; q Glasgow 1947), died from renal failure on 17 June 2001. Moving straight from the army into general practice, Harry was a pioneering GP who played a key role in modernising patient care in the Bishop Auckland area. He was a role model for many young aspiring GPs. Having retired from a flourishing general practice in 1988, he then put his energies into realising a long held dream—to establish a hospice in Bishop Auckland. Harry was proud to meet Prince Charles at its opening in 1996. He leaves a wife, Brenda, and seven children.

[Paul Bowron]

Ramji Gautam


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Consultant anaesthetist South Tyneside (b Dang, Nepal, …

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