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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:782

Robert David Alexander (“Sandy”) Coxon

Former general practitioner Romney Marsh (b 1950; q Guy's 1974), d 9 December 1997. One of the reasons he was content to live in that part of Kent was its proximity to France, a country which he loved and which he visited at least annually. He was enthusiastic about his membership of the Anglo-French Medical Society, whose meetings on both sides of the water he attended. Sandy was even more enthusiastic about old motor cars, and off duty was often to be found surrounded by old pieces of metal, which one day to be sure would come together into an Austin racer or a venerable Riley. He had a firm grasp of the intricacies of medical politics, which took him on to the Kent Local Medical Committee, and in the best tradition of British general practice he became a man of the locality, knowledgeable about and involved in the life of Romney Marsh. He leaves a wife, Bridget, a daughter, and a son.

[John Rawlinson]

William Erik Norman Cummings

General practitioner Haslemere 1957-81 (b London 1921; q Middlesex 1953), d 20 December 1997. He spent the first eight years of his life in India, where his father was serving, and joined the Royal Engineers in 1940 intending to become a regular soldier. He was present at Monte Cassino in the Italian campaign, and was wounded in Greece while with the British Military Mission. A lengthy voyage in a hospital ship subsequently made him change his mind. As a doctor his approach to people, patients or otherwise, was forthright; this did not suit everyone but as he was an astute and conscientious physician he had a robust fan club. He was widely read, scathing about politicians, fascinated by tools and machinery, and captivated by Mozart. He leaves a wife and three children.

[T M Richards] …

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