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ObituariesCharles George DrakeDavid FergusonStanley FergusonBasil Herbert (“Bunny”) GoodrichThomas Adesanya Ige GrilloUrsula HickmanMalik Laki KassamColin Henry Rylands KnowlesColin William MorleyWilliam Wallace ParkNigel David Bentley PrestonkKarel Styblo

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 05 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1596

Charles George Drake

  1. John Walton

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    Former neurosurgeon University of Western Ontario(b Windsor, Ontario, 1920; q University of Western Ontario 1944; MD, FRCSCan), died from lung cancer on 15 September 1998. After internships and resident posts he spent several months as a travelling fellow in Europe. He returned to Canada as a fellow in neuropathology in Toronto, subsequently being appointed neurosurgeon and then clinical professor of surgery at the UniversityHospital in London, Ontario. Charlie enjoyed a long association withHenry Barnett, whom he had met at Queen Square, and in 1969 they established the first combined department of clinical neurological sciences at the University of Western Ontario, where he spent the rest of his active surgical life. Widely admired for his judgment and skill, he published a great deal and was recognised as the world expert on the surgical treatment of intracranial aneurysms and specifically those of the vertebrobasilar system. Patients came to him from all over north America and other parts of the world. He was president of the AmericanAssociation of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, and the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Charlie received many honorary degrees and awards and was made an officer and later commander of the Order ofCanada. He had a puckish sense of humour with a fund of interesting anecdotes; he flew his own private plane; was interested in wildlife; and took up golf in his later years. His name lives on in the Siebens-Drake Research Institute at the University of Western Ontario; in the C G Drake professorship in neurosurgery; and in the Charles George Drake Memorial Lectureship. He leaves a wife, Ruth; four children (one a paediatric neurosurgeon in Toronto); and 14 grandchildren.

    David Ferguson

    1. Tony Ganner

      General practitioner Stratford upon Avon, 1946-82 (b 1912; q Glasgow 1934), d 25 September 1998. After qualifying he worked as a ship's doctor in the Far East, which cured him of the wish for foreign travel. He then entered general practice in Cornwall. David entered the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1941 and saw active service with the Queen's Royal Regiment in the Middle East and the Italian campaigns.He settled in Stratford in 1946 and the practice gradually increased from two to six doctors. He oversaw the practice finances with typical Scottish thoroughness. He held a clinical assistantship in ophthalmology. When David retired, aged 70, his main interests were his garden and his family. He leaves a wife, Rena; a daughter and two sons; and five grandchildren.

      Stanley Ferguson

      1. Felicity Mead,
      2. Gordon Ferguson

        Former general practitioner Wolverhampton (b 1914; q Dublin 1939), d 19 September 1998. Stanley was the second of three brothers, all of whom trained as doctors in Dublin. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps during the second world war and was posted to the British Expeditionary Force in France and then to the North West Expedition to Norway. He was badly injured, but remained at his post with the wounded and was commended several times for his bravery and fortitude. Despite his experiences he retained an affection for Norway and on his 80th birthday was awarded the Norwegian Defence Medal. Stanley Ferguson came to Wolverhampton in 1946 and worked in the same group practice for 30 years. Until his death he would be stopped by people, who wanted to remind him that he had delivered or treated their relations or themselves. Until the canals were no longer used for trade he was responsible for the bargee community in Horsley Fields, where he often had to negotiate the slippery planks between the barges, illuminated only by oil lamps, to deliver babies or treat the sick. In his younger days Stanley Ferguson was a keen golfer, a fisherman, and an enthusiastic sailor. He loved company and was a great story teller. Predeceased by his first wife, Johanna, and his second wife, Yvonne (also a doctor), he leaves two sons and a daughter; seven grandchildren; and his devoted friend for 20 years, Mary Booth.

        Basil Herbert (“Bunny”) Goodrich

        1. J R Sudbury

          Former general practitioner Brentwood, Essex, 1938-82 (b 1912; q St Bartholomew's 1937), d 9 October 1998. Bunny served in the Royal Air Force during the second world war, ending as squadron leader. He was an apothecary; a freeman of the City of London; a deputy coroner; and chairman of the Ministry of Pensions boards. His wife, Eileen, predeceased him.

          Thomas Adesanya Ige Grillo

          1. Adetokunbo Lucas

            Former dean faculty of health sciences, University of Ife, Nigeria (b Nigeria 1927; q Dublin 1955;PhD, MD), d 21 October 1998. His early research work was on the embryogenesis of the pancreas. He conducted much of his research at his laboratories in Nigerian universities, showing that world class biomedical research is feasible in developing countries. Later he explored the role of infections in the pathogenesis of such problems as calcification of the pancreas, a syndrome that is relatively common inNigeria. He was professor of anatomy at the University of Ibadan until1966 before moving to Ife. Here he created an innovative programme in which the medical curriculum was coordinated with the training programme of other health workers. He applied this experience when he was asked to establish a new medical school in Sierra Leone. Professor Grillo was in great demand by institutions in developing countries who sought his guidance, and as consultant to the World Health Organisation he advised institutions in Liberia, Sudan, and Malawi. For many years he was president of the Association of African Medical Schools. He edited the Nigerian Journal of Science from 1967 to 1975 and for some years was editor of IBADAN, the academic journal of the University of Ibadan. Outside medicine he was a talented artist—some of his paintings were exhibited—and a keen musician—he played the church organ and gave piano and organ recitals.

            Ursula Hickman

            1. Ray Vella

              Former general practitioner Beckenham (b 1917; q King's College Hospital 1941), died from metastatic carcinoma of the breast on 25 July 1998. During the war she was involved in treating patients who suffered serious burns and then trained in psychiatry at Warlingham Park Hospital where she became deputy superintendent. Outside her work her main interest was travel and she was a regular attender at BMA overseas conferences. As travel became more difficult she explored the English canal system in her beloved narrow boat, Dreamfinder, and was planning another trip this summer. She leaves a daughter and two grandsons.

              Malik Laki Kassam

              1. J Forbes,
              2. S Russell,
              3. M Martin,
              4. J Steyn

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                General practitioner Livingston, 1992-7, and latterly a GPretainer (b Uganda 1955; q Manchester 1979; MRCOG, MRCGP), died from metastatic cancer of the ovary on 3 September 1998. Laki decided at the age of 4 that she wanted to be a doctor, and she overcame the considerable hurdles of race, sex, language, and lack of finance. When she came to Scotland many of her patients saw her as someone whose vivacity of spirit and quick understanding enriched their lives. She was a principal in the Edinburgh University medical service from 1985 to 1992. She remained strongly committed to medical education and helped to facilitate the undergraduate curriculum at Glasgow University. Laki was well known for her wonderful cooking and fine wine cellar and had many other interests—tennis, skiing, golf, and the Edinburgh Festival. Despite her prolonged illness she continued to enjoy all aspects of her professional and social life. She leaves a husband, Hugh.

                Colin Henry Rylands Knowles

                1. Michael Nicholls,
                2. John Hopewell,
                3. Anne Ranken

                  Former consultant histopathologist St Richard's Hospital, Chichester 1954-86 (b Stoke on Trent 1921; q King's College Hospital 1943; MD, FRCPath), died from fibrosing alveolitis on 8 September 1998. His father and grandfather were both doctors so he was destined to enter medicine. Because he became deaf as a student he used a very early electrical stethoscope and was often amused to be mistaken for a senior cardiologist when he was a humble house physician. During his 32 years at Chichester he gave an exemplary service, especially to the surgeons, who appreciated his attention to detail and questioning approach to the seemingly routine problems. An amusing teacher, he insisted on the correct use of words to reflect accurate thinking and maintained that surgeons should not seek a second pathologist's opinion in the first instance. While a strict academician in his working life, he was sociable and amusing and a charming host. He derived great strength from his faith and was active in the church at Walberton. As a student he had been a keen cross country runner and later in life completed the South Downs Way four times. His great interest was in books, and he browsed the antiquarian bookshops throughout England. His collection of gallstones was unique and when he retired he donated them to the medical education centre at St Richard's Hospital. He leaves a wife, Cynthia; a son and two daughters; and nine grandchildren.

                  Colin William Morley

                  1. Ian Brown,
                  2. Shian Fan

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                    Former general practitioner Eastbourne, 1953-83 (b 1923; q Cambridge/St Thomas's 1952), died from cardiac failure after a long illness on 8 October 1998. He joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1942 and served in motor torpedo boats until 1945. After his ship was damaged it sank with only two survivors. Colin was rescued after five hours in the North Sea. He later served in Burma. He had a keen sense of humour and earned a reputation in general practice for patience and understanding. His main hobbies were sailing and model building. He leaves a wife; two sons; and three grandchildren.

                    William Wallace Park

                    1. Henry B Goodall

                      Former professor of oncological and reproductive pathology University of Dundee, 1974-80 (b Moffat, Dumfriesshire 1916; q Cambridge/Edinburgh 1957; FRCPath, MD), d 4 September 1998. He served duringthe war in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Egypt, India, Assam, and Burma, and after some time at the Royal College of Physicians laboratory in Edinburgh, he moved to Dundee in 1949. A lecturer and then senior lecturer in pathology at St Andrews, he became a reader and then professor at Dundee. He is remembered for the clarity of his teaching and the high standards he set as a consultant histopathologist. He enhanced diagnostic reporting from a subjective art to an objective discipline, which required that opinions on diagnosis and prognosis be given initially on the evidence under the microscope and only then should the clinical history be seen before the report was issued. This is enshrined in his final publication, The Histology of Borderline Cancer. He researched choriocarcinoma throughout his working life, and wrote a monograph and lectured world wide on the subject. After he retired he was involved in a new medical school in Kuala Lumpur. He and his wife developed a large and beautiful garden in the Sidlaw Hills, which was often open to the public for charity. He leaves a wife, Dorothy; two daughters; and four grandchildren.

                      Nigel David Bentley Prestonk

                      1. A J Hicks

                        General practitioner Norwich (b 1960;q Middlesex 1984), d 9 August 1998. He did his house jobs in Norwich and Glasgow before taking up general practice. He was able to communicate with all his patients whatever their background and enjoyed life to the full, whether at home, at work, or on the golf course. He leaves a wife, Jane (an obstetrician and gynaecologist); a daughter and a son; his parents; and two sisters.

                        Karel Styblo

                        1. Jaap F Broekmans

                          Former medical adviser of the Royal Netherlands TuberculosisAssociation (b1921; q Prague 1950), d 13 March 1998. Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Dr Styblo became a Dutch citizen in 1971. He contracted tuberculosis during the second world war and to a large extent this determined his professional life. In the 1950s he studied with Dr (later Sir) John Crofton and when he returned to Prague was called a Croftonian for his singlemindedness in pursuing a cure for tuberculosis. In 1966 he was hand picked to lead the newly established tuberculosis surveillance unit in the Hague. He led the unit until 1995 and his research work provided the basis of modern tuberculosis control. The application of short course chemotherapy in Tanzania, Malawi, Benin, Mozambique, and Nicaragua—a strategy later adopted by the World Health Organisation—stands out as his lasting contribution to world health. In 1979 Dr Styblo became director of scientific affairs of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in Paris. He combined a unique scientific genius with practical operational skills and a dedication to the fate of the individual patient. Dr Styblo showed how to cure eight out of 10 cases of tuberculosis in Africa and nine out of 10 in Asia. His perseverance and tenacity were legendary, admired by those who were with him and feared by those against him. But he was intensely modest and inspired dozens of young professionals. Predeceased by his wife, Lida, he leaves a son; and a granddaughter.

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