Pamela June Alexander (née Tyson)

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:265
  1. Rosemary Alexander

    Pamela June Alexander (“June”) was house physician to Professor Sir Henry Cohen (the late Lord Cohen of Birkenhead) and was involved in early trials of streptomycin for tuberculosis before being appointed lecturer in physiology. After marriage she moved to Yorkshire and trained for general practice, being a single handed practitioner for 35 years and delivering her patients' babies at the local maternity unit. After compulsory retirement at 70 she continued to work part time, and was still working two sessions a week up to her death. Other work was as a doctor for Victim Support for many years.

    She started up riding lessons for disabled adults and children locally, which was a great success, and was co-founder of Riding for the Disabled, which is now a national organisation.

    Her interest in horses started in one of her house jobs when she was appointed doctor at Cheltenham racecourse. She bought her first horse 45 years ago and built up the Okeden Arabian Stud, breeding, showing, and selling horses in Britain, America, and the Arab Emirates.

    She was show doctor for numerous shows, usually unpaid, and trained as a judge for Welsh Cobs, Arabs, and donkeys.

    She was on the committee of the Arab Horse Society for several years and was very proud to be elected president in her 81st year.

    Predeceased by her husband, Gordon, in 2004, she leaves two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.


    • Former general practitioner East Yorkshire (b 1924; q Liverpool 1947; George Holt Medal in Physiology 1944; J Hill Abram Prize in Medicine 1945; Holt Fellow 1949), died suddenly at home on 25 May 2006.

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