David Charles Jeremy BassettBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3919 (Published 21 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3919
- Elisha Tikasingh
David Charles Jeremy Bassett, bacteriologist, who worked in London, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore and Honk Kong, died in Trinidad on March 10, 2014.
David Bassett was born to Reginald John and Pauline Margaret Bassett in Southampton, England. After graduating from high school, he took a job as laboratory technician in microbiology, after which he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Germany and became adept in phlebotomy. His supervisor told him one day that he was not suited for the army and that he should go to medical school. This he did, but first he attained an associateship in bacteriology from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.
While at medical school he met and married Marilyn “Bunty” Downton, with whom he had three children. He did not like obstetrics and gynaecology and consequently did not initially pass this aspect of the programme. Funding for his medical education therefore came to an end, but he had a young family to support, so he took a job as …