Obituaries

Bruce AuldDavid Gershon BerryJames William BirchJill HargreavesJoseph JacobsJohn Ivor Pulsford JamesHarold William RodgersGeorge Herbert Ashby SimmonsGita StephenJohn Low StevenHenry Winsley-Stolz

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7310.456 (Published 25 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:456

Bruce Auld

Former general practitioner Duns, Berwickshire, 1952-86 (b Liverpool 1926; q Glasgow 1949), died from colon cancer on 24 November 2000. After serving in Austria with the Dorset regiment, he entered practice in Duns, becoming the senior partner after 18 months following the death of his two colleagues. He saw the practice grow from consulting in his own home with one receptionist, his mother, to a purpose built surgery integrated with the new community hospital. He retired to Perth and had a happy time taking great interest in his eight grandchildren and hobbies of languages, music, and gardening.

[John Auld]

David Gershon Berry

Former general practitioner, editorial assistant on the Lancet, Medical Research Council administrator, and forensic psychiatrist Holloway prison (b 1921; q Manchester 1944; FRCGP, DPH, DPM), died in his sleep on 5 July 2001. David loved literature and legal problems, which explains his unusual career voyage. In general practice he was involved in medical politics as chairman of both the city division of the BMA and the East London Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He was a careful listener, and his advice was continually sought after—even after retirement, when working at the Shaare Zedek Jerusalem hospital emergency hotline. Among his favourite sayings, by which he lived, were “never do nothing when you can only do a little” and “criticism can do much, but encouragement can do more.” He leaves a wife, Sybil, and a son.

[Elliot M Berry]

James William Birch


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Former psychiatrist North Tyneside General Hospital (b 1947; q London 1970), died in a car crash on 22 October 2000. Jim was the ultimate “new man.” He was self reliant with a wry sense of humour, made very few demands on people, and always liked to do and find out things for himself. He hated to rely on second hand …

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