Former lecturer in forensic medicine Charing Cross Hospital (b 1931; q
Colombo Medical College (Ceylon) 1956; MD, MRCPath), died suddenly from
a heart attack on 8 August 2003.
He had his early education at St Thomas’s College, Mount Lavinia (Sri
Lanka). Following his graduation he served in various hospitals in Sri
Lanka before being appointed lecturer in forensic medicine at the University
of Colombo. On coming to the United Kingdom in 1976 he took up the post
of lecturer in forensic medicine at Charing Cross Hospital and police surgeon
to the Surrey Constabulary. Three years of his sabbatical were spent in
Malaysia as associate professor of forensic medicine. On his retirement
in 1994 he worked as an honorary forensic pathologist at Guy’s Hospital
until his final retirement in 1996.
A meticulous forensic pathologist who was involved in many high profile
cases, he enjoyed his work and thought nothing of the long hours it often
entailed. On his retirement he was able to relax with his inseparable dog
in his immaculately tended garden in Farnborough. He will be greatly missed
by his family, colleagues, and many friends.
He leaves behind his wife, Carmela (a retired ophthalmologist); his
daughter, Moira; sons Dionysius and Joseph (a consultant physician); and
four grandchildren. [Christian Mahendra]