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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 …

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