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Obituaries

John Sinclair CalderArnold DysonChristopher Landale GrandageDavid Lloyd GriffithsTrevor William Guyse KinnearHenry Harold Brian LambWilhemina Mary Grace Macdonald-SmithNoel ReillyHarold Frederick SchuknechtGeorge John van KlaverenGraham Charles Voss

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7091.1419 (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1419

Trainee plastic and reconstructive surgeon Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge (b 1960; q The London 1985; FRCS), died in a motor vehicle accident on 4 February 1997. He spent his childhood on his parents' arable farm in Leicestershire and developed a love for the countryside and for rural pursuits. He embarked on clinical training in plastic surgery at Mount Vernon Hospital. He then secured a post as a research fellow at East Grinstead, initiating studies on the cellular events associated with peripheral nerve regeneration and the use of synthetic and autografted materials as nerve conduits for the reconstruction of gaps in damaged peripheral nerves. Within months of starting this work he lost his first wife, Kim, and her expected baby from a sudden and overwhelming infection. He showed characteristic strength in helping his two young daughters come to terms with the loss of their mother, and with resilience he continued his academic work.

In 1995 he married Karen, herself widowed after a motor accident and with two young children, and he was delighted by the birth of a son during the last days of that year. Intelligent, imaginative, and self confident, he had a bountiful supply of ideas; on rare occasions this might lead to more expansive speculation than might appear circumspect, while his questioning of received conclusions sometimes verged on the rebellious. Nevertheless, his knowledge of the field was widely respected, gaining him a place on the editorial board of Microsurgery at an early age. His death came only two weeks after he had secured his entrance to higher surgical training and a career in plastic surgery, while his thesis for a doctorate of medicine was on the point of submission and he looked forward to the oral examination. He leaves his wife, Karen, and five children.

[R M R McAllister]

Arnold Dyson

Former general practitioner Walworth, south east London (b 1924; q Liverpool 1953), died of disseminated malignant disease on 17 January 1997. He served as a wireless operator in the Merchant Navy in the latter part of the second world war, and after qualification spent his hospital training at Clatterbridge Hospital before joining an old friend in general practice in London in 1958. He brought great commonsense to his role as occupational physician to the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry. He was passionate in his love of golf and music (particularly jazz), and had an infinite capacity for enjoying the good things in life. He leaves a wife, Fiona; a son; two daughters; and four grandchildren.

[Stewart Kay]

Christopher Landale Grandage

Former general practitioner Kensington (b 1916; q Cambridge/St Bartholomew's 1947; DCH), d 1 January 1997. The son of a doctor killed in the first world war, Christopher Grandage joined the Royal Army Medical Corps after qualifying and served in north Africa, the Italian campaign, and the Middle East. After demobilisation he worked in various specialties before setting up a busy singlehanded practice in Kensington, where he was also medical adviser to the National Adoption Society and worked at the Chelsea Babies Clinic. He loved music, read widely, and was a generous host, but sadly after retirement his lifelong visual problems worsened and he became totally blind. Predeceased by his wife, Sybil, he leaves three children and grandchildren.

[Jill White]

David Lloyd Griffiths


Former director of orthopaedics Manchester Royal Infirmary (b 1908; q Manchester (first class honours) 1932; FRCS (Hallett prize in primary examination); MBE), died of old age on 10 February 1997. A chance meeting with Robert Jones determined his choice of specialty and soon he came under the spell of (Sir) Harry Platt. During the war he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps at Aldershot, developing a special interest in vascular injuries and being awarded the military MBE. After demobilisation he and his close friend (Sir) John Charnley were appointed honorary consultants at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, and in 1953 he became director of the university department. He was a man of forthright manner and believed that this might have destroyed his chances of a chair in orthopaedic surgery and thus the opportunity to re-establish a first class academic department. For him this was a personal disappointment. His lifelong interest in tuberculosis led to his appointment as secretary and then chairman of the Medical Research Council's working party on spinal tuberculosis. He travelled widely, overseeing a multinational trial of surgery versus conservative management. Not only was he a brilliant chairman, but also a popular lecturer and after dinner speaker. He will be remembered as an outstanding teacher, with memorable aphorisms and asides. Perhaps sometimes this was done at the patients' expense because he had no time for those who malingered; yet with those with serious disorders he was a dedicated doctor. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of opera, and spent his retirement immersing himself in a study of the Welsh language, history, and culture. Predeceased by his wife, Nancy, and their only daughter, he leaves two sons.

[R S Phillips]

Trevor William Guyse Kinnear


Former consultant physician Hull Royal Infirmary (b Johannesburg 1921; q Edinburgh 1944; FRCP, FRCPE; MBE), died of bronchopneumonia and chronic obstructive airways disease on 28 January 1997. After qualifying he served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, witnessing the liberation of a Japanese prisoner of war camp and treating the victims, for which he was awarded the MBE. He returned to Edinburgh and spent several years working under (Sir) Derrick Dunlop, who remained a powerful influence in his life, and thereafter went to an academic post at University College Ibadan in Nigeria. Here he duly became one of the three professors in the department of medicine and published his observations on diabetes and pancreatic lithiasis in young Nigerians. With the military uprising in Nigeria in 1966 he returned to Britain and a consultant post in Hull. A kind and modest man, Trevor had strong humanist values and followed up his schoolboy interest in literature and poetry by reading widely and acquiring a BA from the Open University. He also enjoyed bridge, golf, and following sport. He leaves a wife, Sheila; a daughter and son; and five grandchildren.

[M Girdwood, J S Milne]

Henry Harold Brian Lamb

Former general practitioner Kidderminster (b Armagh 1919; q Trinity College Dublin 1942; MRCGP), died after a stroke on 11 February 1997. While still at school he played rugby for Armagh City, and after qualification did his house jobs at Kidderminster before joining the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He became a general practitioner principal in Kidderminster at the inception of the National Health Service. He was instrumental in the revival of the local Liberal Association, becoming its first chairman and then chairman of the West Midlands Federation. In 1970 he stood unsuccessfully for the Kidderminster parliamentary seat. In 1975 he was forced into early retirement by severe back trouble. Because he found so much benefit from manipulative medicine he decided to train in this himself, subsequently combining part time practice with local government work in south Somerset, where he had retired. During the 1980s he worked closely with Paddy Ashdown and realised his lifelong ambition of having for his own constituency a Liberal MP and eventually the party leader. He leaves a wife, René, and three daughters.

[W R Lamb]

Wilhemina Mary Grace Macdonald-Smith


General practitioner 1927-72 (b Glasgow 1903; q Edinburgh 1927; MRCGP), died of bronchopneumonia on 21 December 1996. After qualification she married a fellow Edinburgh graduate before they set sail for 10 years of medical missionary work in India (following in the footsteps of her parents in law, both doctors). Returning to Britain in 1937, they practised in Yorkshire through the war, and after her divorce she practised in rural Hertfordshire. She enjoyed travelling round her scattered family, painting, and photography. She leaves three children (two doctors); eight grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

[Sandy Macdonald-Smith]

Noel Reilly


Secretary general Irish Medical Association 1958-82 (b Co Mayo 1916; q University College Dublin 1943), d 17 March 1997. His early career was spent in the public health service, and he then held office in the Irish Medical Association during difficult times, particularly initially, when an authoritarian minister of health refused the right of the association to negotiate for its members with the department. This dispute, which lasted five years, led to the formation of a medical trade union in 1962, which soon went its separate way from the association. Nevertheless, Noel was successful in negotiating new contracts for general practitioners and consultants, and he always sought agreement rather than confrontation. He was also active in the World Medical Association, being the force behind its Tokyo Declaration of 1975, and the Standing Committee of Doctors of the European Community. Within weeks of his retirement he was struck by an unusual vascular incident which rendered him totally blind for the rest of his life, and this tragedy was later followed by the death of his wife, Nancy (herself a public health doctor). He leaves seven daughters and four sons (four of them doctors) and numerous grandchildren.

[H E Counihan]

Harold Frederick Schuknecht

Professor of otology and laryngology Harvard 1961-87 (b Chancellor, South Dakota 1917; q Chicago 1940), died after coronary and carotid artery surgery on 19 October 1996. He became one of the first modern stapes surgeons and continued to develop innovative ear surgical techniques, while at the time of his death his temporal bone collection was unique with over 1500 fully documented and catalogued sets of histological specimens. Arguably the greatest otologist of the 20th century, he published Pathology of the Ear in 1974, with a second edition in 1993, and he received honorary fellowships from the two Scottish Royal Colleges of Surgeons. He had a far reaching influence on British ear surgery, not only through his own research but through the dozen or more British research fellows who worked in his department. He leaves a wife, Anne; a son and daughter; and two grandsons.

[Alan Kerr]

George John van Klaveren


Former general practitioner Morriston, Swansea (b Enfield 1925; q Cambridge/St Mary's 1949; AFOM), d 9 November 1996. After national service in the Royal Air Force he entered general practice, taking a special interest in obstetrics and gynaecology, but in 1970 he joined British Rail as medical officer for the western region. Here he worked tirelessly for the first aid movement, lecturing, examining, and judging competitions, and he also helped in the treatment of alcoholics at the Regent Clinic in Camden. He was a qualified acupuncturist and became chairman of the board of governors of the British College of Acupuncture in London. A keen sportsman in his youth, he remained an enthusiastic follower of rugger, and also enjoyed gardening and photography. He leaves a wife, Doreen; a son and daughter; and four grandchildren.

[C I Newnham]

Graham Charles Voss

General practitioner Stroud 1974-96 (b 1947; q Guy's 1970; DObst, DCH), died of a subarachnoid haemorrhage on 11 December 1996. After house jobs he spent some time in Melbourne in paediatrics and general practice, followed by service in the central Pacific on Ocean Island. At Stroud he became the practice trainer and joined the endoscopy team at Gloucestershire Hospital, subsequently instituting the direct referral service at Stroud General Hospital—at that time the first of its kind in the country. He maintained his lifelong interest in music, playing the saxophone. He leaves a wife, Jenny, and four sons.

[R W Lamb]

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