Peter John Holmes Barron

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 30 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1243
  1. Tim Barron, Michael Atkinson

    After house posts at University College Hospital London and Bury St Edmunds, Peter John Holmes Barron did two years’ service in the Royal Army Medical Corps doing obstetrics and gynaecology at Colchester. During this time he married Pat (Chippindale), a fellow student in his year and his wife for 59 years.

    They entered a general practice in which they worked together for more than 30 years before they retired to Wimborne in 1985. Their house, attached to the surgery, bustled with medical folk and was full of books, fishing tackle, car parts, horse tack, and a veritable menagerie of pets, including a cayman, which you had to watch out for when taking a bath.

    Peter was a colourful and convivial figure who was a popular and sympathetic doctor. He was a person of widespread interests, including bibliographical literature and rare books, bird watching, and horse riding. He was also the proud owner of a Rolls Royce, which featured in family weddings. After retirement, fly fishing became his main hobby. He played an important part in a consortium that dammed a chalk stream to form two fishing lakes in a quiet and peaceful Dorset valley—this gave him great satisfaction and enjoyment.

    He spent the last 18 months of his life in a rest home because of failing health. He leaves his wife, Pat; two sons; and a daughter.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1243


    • Former general practitioner Kinson, Bournemouth (b 1923; q University College Hospital London 1946; DRCOG), d 25 December 2008.

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