Peter Gordon Cochrane Robertson

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 16 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4859
  1. Andrew J Parkin

    Following house jobs, Peter Gordon Cochrane Robertson secured a research scholarship at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, studying mammalian cardiovascular physiology. He returned to Dundee as a cardiology registrar working with Professor Sir Iain Hill. In 1969 he moved to Newark to follow a career in general practice at the Lombard Street surgery, where he worked in partnership until his retirement in 1995.

    He maintained his general medical skills as a clinical assistant in elderly medicine at the local Hawtonville Hospital, combining his duties as a general practitioner with care for inpatients on Blatherwick ward until the advent of an integrated medicine facility in 1996.

    A keen small ball sportsman, Peter represented St Andrews at both squash and tennis, becoming east of Scotland tennis champion and qualifying at one stage for junior Wimbledon. He had a lifelong passion for golf and was a member of Newark Golf Club from 1969 until his death. He was made captain in 1991 and served on the board for 18 years. He was proud to be a member and past captain and president of the British Medical Golfing Society, playing in many of the annual tournaments against their American counterparts both home and away.

    Peter represented his colleagues’ interests on Nottinghamshire Local Medical Committee for many years, and became chairman of the Newark appeals committee of Cancer Research UK, a post he held for 37 years. Following his retirement, in his moments off the golf course, he provided technical support to the Newark talking newspaper, combining this with his membership of the Ryecliffe shoot, thoroughly enjoying his Saturdays in the woods with his beloved black Labrador, Brodie. He leaves a wife, Didi; three daughters, Kirstie, Penny, and Sheona; and five grandchildren.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4859


    • Former general practitioner Newark, Nottinghamshire (b Bo’ness 1934; q St Andrews 1958), died from metastatic carcinoma of the prostate on 27 July 2009.

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