Obituaries

Mary Ardelice Murray BigbyAnthony Thomas BrainDavid Peter ChoyceOlivia ConstantEmil Denis CoufalikDavid Graham Watts JenkinsGeoffrey Michael de KeyserDavid Ronald MurdochPeter RobsonJohn de Swiet

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7316.811 (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:811

Mary Ardelice Murray Bigby

Former consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician Central Middlesex Hospital (b 1909; q Royal Free Hospital 1934; MD, FRCOG), died peacefully on 26 July 2001 after a long illness. She was appointed to the Central in 1941 and during the war was in charge of the maternity department when it was evacuated to Wellingborough. She had a particular interest in diabetic pregnancies. She also had a number of progressive medical views and was a pioneer of early rising after childbirth, a practice that is now universal. In 1958 she was sent by the hospital to study obstetric departments in New York. She later made visits to several European obstetric departments with consultant colleagues. In her retirement she pursued her lifelong interest in art and architecture and in travelling. She had a great love of the British countryside.

[Keith Ball]

Anthony Thomas Brain


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Former consultant in geriatric medicine Hackney and St Bartholomew's Hospital, London (b 1932; q Cambridge/London Hospital 1956; FRCP), died from motor neurone disease on 27 June 2001. Tony Brain possessed a treasury of anecdotes, related with laconic wit. Many concerned fishing, for he was a keen angler and a member of the Flyfishers Club. He survived a near fatal heart attack and subsequent cardiac surgery, only to succumb to motor neurone disease. He leaves a wife, Cecilia.

[Norman Jones]

David Peter Choyce

Consultant ophthalmologist Southend General Hospital 1953-84 (b 1919; q University College Hospital, London, 1943; FRCS, DOMS, MS, FRCOphth), died from colon cancer on 8 August 2001. Peter Choyce was one of the pioneers of lens implant surgery. He developed an interest in artificial lens implantation following cataract extraction, a procedure that was widely criticised by the ophthalmic establishment both in this country and in North America. Because of this opposition Choyce founded the Intra Ocular Implant Club in 1966. This nucleus of 15 pioneering …

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