John Oliver Pearce Edgcumbe

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 12 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:840

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Consultant haematologist Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital 1952-85 (b Teignmouth 1920; q Cambridge/The London Hospital 1946; MD, FRCPath), died from prostate cancer on 18 October 2001.

John Edgcumbe was Devon's first consultant haematologist. He established a modern pathology service in Exeter and oversaw the building of the area laboratory as the first phase of the relocated Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. He was a scholar in 18th century art and literature, and after retirement held a visiting fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art to prepare an edition of the letters of his ancestor, Sir Joshua Reynolds. He was also a fine musician, naturalist, gardener, photographer, and Devon historian. He leaves a wife, Teryll; two children; and four grandchildren.

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[Richard Pocock, Jane Shotter, Richard Edgcumbe]

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