Barrie Patrick Marmion

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 30 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5900
  1. Jon Ayres

Barrie Patrick Marmion excelled as a clinical microbiologist, medical researcher and academic, mentor to many younger colleagues, and outstanding human being. His professional life and activity stretched more than 70 years, from the era when smallpox, typhoid, and diphtheria were encountered regularly, through to times of gene therapy and routine molecular diagnostics. His contributions to microbiology were considerable, including his last paper, which is about to be published.

Barrie was born the son of Joseph and Melita (“Millie”) Marmion in Alverstoke in Hampshire. The family subsequently moved to Kent, where his father became the county pharmacist and where his two sisters were born. His warm, supportive, and happy family background was reflected in his personality. He started his medical studies at University College London in 1939, with a brief interlude during which he was seconded to the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff for his preclinical studies because of the outbreak of war, after which he returned to UCH for his clinical studies. The latter were conditioned by the reduced senior staff away in the forces and having to undertake some air raid duties. He had clinical, preregistration experience at Great Ormond Street Hospital and graduated …

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