Charles Alexander Russell Brown

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 29 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5663
  1. William Brown

Charles Alexander Russell Brown (“Charlie” or “CAR”) came from a medical family. His father, George; his grandfather; and his uncle were in general practice in Kirkcaldy; both his maternal uncles were doctors; and his brother, William, is a GP in Wales.

Charlie completed the preclinical part of his qualification at St Andrews University, graduating from Manchester University in 1977. House jobs in Kirkcaldy followed, and he spent a year in South Africa as senior house officer at Edendale Hospital.

After returning to Scotland and completing GP training in Garelochhead near Helensburgh, Charlie worked in Lanark for three years. In 1985, after accepting an invitation to join the Garelochhead practice, he was diagnosed with Addison’s disease. He refused to let this compromise the quality of care he gave his patients, and on occasion ran the practice singlehanded for extended periods at a time.

Charlie was well suited to the role of a village GP. His diagnostic and clinical skills were highly respected, and he was known for his ability to listen to his patients, his straight talking, and his quirky sense of humour. He had a leading role in securing the new medical centre at Garelochhead, which opened in 2007.

Charlie’s interests were wide ranging and eclectic. He read voraciously, and many of his letters on medical issues, NHS management, and other topics appeared in newspapers and magazines. A perfectionist and an expert mechanic, his main hobby was always his cars, in particular his late father’s white 1972 E3 BMW.

Charlie retired from general practice in 2010. In his final months his health deteriorated, and he died suddenly at the age of 58. He was a devoted family man. He leaves his wife, Marion, whom he met at St Andrews; a son, Fergus; and a daughter, Helen.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5663


  • Former general practitioner Garelochhead (b 1953; q Manchester 1977), d 14 November 2011.

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