John Holford Cook

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1171
  1. Keith Myerson

    As a war baby, John Holford Cook (“Cookie”) did not meet his father until he was 3 years old. Initially training as an eye surgeon, John switched to anaesthesia, a career that suited his caring and conscientious manner. He became director of the intensive care unit at Eastbourne, a post he held for many years. An enthusiastic teacher with an enquiring mind, he was clinical tutor for his hospital and a college tutor for the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

    Outside medicine, John was a radio “ham” and chose a house on high ground to aid reception. His keen interest in electronics led to the design and building of much innovative circuitry that included radio equipment for controlling model boats that were built by his stepfather, and original publications in specialist electronic magazines. Always looking deeper towards understanding of how things worked, he was able to programme computers in machine code.

    Music featured highly too. Stimulated to learn a musical instrument by his children's successes, he took up the trombone, which he played in the British Legion Band and the Eastbourne Concert Orchestra, as well as a local “big band.” His abilities as a musical arranger led to many fine arrangements for the band, which he wrote on a computer.

    He leaves a wife, Lesley; four children; and a grandson.


    • Former consultant anaesthetist Eastbourne District General Hospital (b 1943; q Royal Free 1967; FRCA, FRCOphth), died from adenocarcinoma of the lung on 27 December 2006.

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