Roger Freeman

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 30 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:802

Regional microbiologist Health Protection Agency and honorary professor University of Newcastle upon Tyne (b Goole 1945; q Leeds 1968; FRCPath), died from a dissecting thoracic aneurysm on 8 June 2004.

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After house jobs Roger began his training in microbiology as a lecturer at the University of Leeds, and as an assistant microbiologist at the Leeds Public Health Laboratory (PHL). In 1978 he took up a consultant appointment at the recently commissioned Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1988 he became reader in microbiology at the University of Newcastle, but after five years moved on to become director of Newcastle PHL. Following the creation of the Health Protection Agency he was appointed regional microbiologist. He was awarded an honorary chair in 1986. He leaves a wife, Margaret, and two daughters.

[Kate Gould]


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