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Obituaries

Charles David MarsdenHeadley BoardmanJohn Leslie BolderoWilliam Howard Kenneth CarpenterEdward Gordon CrookesJack Neville Phillips DaviesJohn Clifford DenmarkIvan JoffeIain KerrAlistair Donald MacKenzie

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7173.1661 (Published 12 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1661

Charles David Marsden


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Former dean Institute of Neurology, Queen Square (b1938; q St Thomas's 1963; DSc, FRCP; FRS), died from a hitherto unsuspected cardiac anomaly on 29 September 1998. Fascinated by neurology and neuroscience as a medical student, David became the pre-eminent clinical neuroscientist of his generation. Within 11 years of qualifying he was appointed to the newly established chair of clinical neurology at the Institute of Psychiatry, and in 1987 took up the chair of clinical neurology at Queen Square, becoming dean in 1995. A month before his death he had started a year's sabbatical at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. When first appointed at the Institute of Psychiatry he helped to establish research teams in neuropharmacology and neurophysiology and the UK Parkinson's Disease Society Brain Bank. He attracted dozens of research fellows from more than 20 countries, many of whom are now leaders in the field. David was the most frequently cited neuroscientist and among the 10 most commonly cited biomedical scientists in the world, with over 1100 publications,including over 800 original papers.

David identified and classified a multitude of clinical entities, made major contributions to the development and application of evoked responses, transcutaneous electrical and magnetic stimulation, helped to pioneer advances in medical and surgical treatments for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, and to elucidate neurochemical and pathophysiological aspects of a whole range of basal ganglia diseases. He was an outstanding general neurologist and an inspirational teacher, who attracted many of us into a career in neurology by example and encouragement.

His most outstanding contributions to neurology were on the international stage. He helped to establish the subspecialty of movement disorders. He was president and coeditor of the Movement Disorder Society and its journal. He was editor of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatryfor a decade, on the editorial boards of a further 21 journals, held 40 visiting professorships, and was on the councils of the Royal Society, the Medical Research Council, and the Royal College of Physicians.

Despite all this, David was an intensely private man, well known only to a small circle of colleagues and friends. He loved bird watching, gardening, sailing, music, and, more recently, golf. He leaves a partner, Claudia (a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University), and seven children from his two marriages, which ended in divorce.

[Niall Quinn]

Headley Boardman

Former general practitioner Melbourne, Derbyshire(b Glossop 1904; q Manchester 1929; DPH), died from pneumonia, heart failure, and fibrosing alveolitis on 19 October 1998. He served as medical officer to the City Fever Hospital and Fazakerly Sanatorium in Liverpool, and after posts in public health he settled in Melbourne in 1946 and remained in singlehanded practice until his retirement in his early 70s. He played cricket at university, was an accomplished pianist, and was knowledgeable about the Georgian period, with a special interest in Parson Woodforde about whom he wrote extensively. Just before his death he finished a monograph on life in the south Lincolnshire fens during the 1930s. Predeceased by his first wife, Patricia, he leaves his second wife, Daphne; two sons of his first marriage (one a retired consultant physician); two stepsons (one a professor of therapeutics); grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

[J B Vergano]

John Leslie Boldero

Former consultant radiologist Oxford and Banbury(b London 1919; qOxford 1942; FRCR),d 24 October 1998. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1943 and two years later went to Millbank to be trained in radiology. After a spell in Singapore he returned to Oxford as a radiological registrar. When it was planned to extend the facilities at the Radcliffe Infirmary John and his colleague, F H Kemp, formed a committee of younger consultants, known as “The Young Turks,” to consider the alternatives away from the city centre. After a few weeks they produced a report from which the John Radcliffe Hospital project was born. At the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre John helped to build up a sizeable x ray film museum for teaching. Feeling less in sympathy with the increasingly impersonal organisation of the teaching group and preferring patient care to administration, he moved to Horton General Hospital. Here he helped to plan a four room x ray department based on lessons learnt on a Scandinavian tour. Outside medicine he was a keen golfer and photographer and enjoyed gardening. He leaves a wife, Sarah, and two children from a previous marriage.

[John Leslie Boldero]

William Howard Kenneth Carpenter


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Deputy medical superintendent Stoke Park, Bristol; consultant psychiatrist Prudhoe Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1968-78.(b Longhope, Gloucestershire 1914; qBristol 1946), died from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm on 4 September 1998. Howard originally trained as a pharmacist, but having won a major exhibition he decided to retrain as a doctor. He started as a locum at Stoke Park and stayed for 21 years, returning after he retired from Prudhoe Hospital. A quiet and clinically acute doctor, who kept meticulous case notes, he had a passion for models and engineering and kept most of his old cars. He leaves a wife, Judith, and three sons.

[P K Carpenter]

Edward Gordon Crookes

Former general practitioner Liverpool (b 1913;q Sheffield 1938), d 26 October 1998. During the war he served mainly in Egypt and then established himself as a singlehanded general practitioner. He retired to the Isle of Man and continued to do locum work until the late 1970s. His wife and son predeceased him.

[R P Slatcher]

Jack Neville Phillips Davies


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Professor of pathology Makerere University College, Uganda, 1953-62, and professor of pathology Albany Medical School, New York State, 1964-75 (b 1915; q Bristol 1939; MD, FRCPath), died from a head injury after a fall on 3 October 1998. Appointed one of the founding professors at Makerere in 1953 he developed the pathology department from scratch over the next 10 years to one which became a model for other medical schools in Africa. The Kampala Cancer Registry, the first of its kind in tropical Africa, was based on his excellent biopsy and necropsy service and its findings put paid to the notion that cancer was rare in Africans. His work led to the first international conference on hepatocellular carcinoma being held in Kampala in 1957 and the first on Kaposi's sarcoma in 1961. He played an important part in the definition of the malignant sarcoma of the jaw in African children, later known as Burkitt's lymphoma. Jack published the definitive description of the pathological features of tropical endomyocardial fibrosis (still known by some as Davies's disease), one of the commonest forms of organic heart disease seen at necropsy in Kampala. With Trowell and Dean he was responsible for the first detailed account of the clinical, pathological, and biochemical features of kwashiorkor. A major legacy of his time at Makerere is the Albert Cook Medical School Library, which ensured that by the 1960s the school had an information base to compete with institutes throughout the world. Jack was fascinated by the medical history of Africa and his ability to write stimulating prose led him to chronicle many diseases in Uganda, particularly the epidemics and control of sleeping sickness. When his first wife died he worked at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in Hammersmith for three years before joining his former collaborators in the United States where he built a new career as an expert forensic pathologist. He worked for years as a coroner's pathologist and on retirement from teaching he opened a forensic consulting practice, which flourished into his ninth decade. He leaves his second wife, Valerie; and three sons.

[Michael Hutt]

John Clifford Denmark

Former consultant psychiatrist Whittingham Hospital, Preston (b Liverpool 1924; qLiverpool 1952; FRCPsych, DPM), d 8 September 1998. He served with the Royal Navy during the war before entering medical school. John was a consultant at Bolton before moving to Preston where he established the department of psychiatry for deaf people in 1964. He had mixed and played with deaf children as a child and became a natural user of sign language, and his communication and clinical skills led to his pioneering psychiatric services for deaf people in Britain. He was the only consultant psychiatrist serving deaf people from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s. There are now three specialist mental health services for deaf people in Manchester, Birmingham, and London—the first two are named after him. Through his lectures and articles he made professionals and the public aware that young deaf people could be prone to psychological and emotional problems because of the communication difficulties with their hearing parents and teachers. He was an adviser to various organisations for deaf people and was a founder member of the European Society for Mental Health and Deafness. With Jessica Kingsley he wrote a seminal textbook in 1994, Deafness and Mental Health. John was warm and humorous and was able to entertain and educate others with his breadth of knowledge and vast array of anecdotes. He was a keen golfer, and was always keen to impart his knowledge after he had won a match. He leaves a wife, Frances; a son and daughter; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for April 1999. Details from Dr B T Monteiro, National Centre for Mental Health and Deafness, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL (tel: 0161 772 3432).

Brendan T Monteiro

Ivan Joffe

Former consultant surgeon St Nicholas Hospital, Plumstead (b 1910; q Edinburgh 1942; FRCS), d August 1998. He spent the majority of his professional life at Plumstead. He had an aptitude for administration, which manifested itself when he was appointed chairman of the hospital medical committee. A bachelor for many years, he lived in the hospital and had an active social life. After retirement in 1975 he moved with his new wife, Jutta, to Germany where he acted as surgical adviser to the army for several years. Predeceased by his wife, suddenly while playing bridge, he retired to South Africa where he died.

[Darius Boomla]

Iain Kerr


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Otolaryngologist Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow (b 1937; q Glasgow 1961),d 4 October 1998. After house jobs in Glasgow and a short spell in general practice, Iain joined the ear, nose, and throat department at the Victoria Infirmary when microsurgery of the ear was rapidly developing. He applied himself to the study and practice of this branch of the specialty, ensuring an excellent case record. Music was his joy. He was able to play classical and jazz music and was leader of a hospital group, “The Ossicles,” which was much in demand at concerts and dances. He played a good game of golf and was medical officer to the Motherwell Football Club. He supervised St Andrew's Ambulance Association examinations. He leaves a wife, Moyra; and two sons and two daughters.

[Derek Brown Kelly]

Alistair Donald MacKenzie

Former consultant ophthalmic surgeon Blackpool, 1966-96 (b Edinburgh 1933; q Edinburgh 1957; FRCSEd, FRCOphth), died after operations for an aortic aneurysm on 24 August 1998. He was a senior registrar and lecturer at the University of Manchester, where he was known as an enthusiastic and popular teacher and published research on West Indian amblyopia. When he moved to Blackpool the department was hardly developed and Alistair set about improving the service. He successfully promoted his plans through many committees and played a full part in the hospital administration. Alistair took his work seriously, setting and achieving a high standard. He could be daunting when irritated, usually by incompetence or bureaucracy, but people soon learnt that he was kind and a good listener, more comfortable giving praise than receiving it. He was an encouraging and supportive mentor to junior colleagues. It was largely his drive and energy that established the Fylde Coast Hospital in Blackpool, and he has his monument in the foundation stone of the building. Outside medicine he was interested in literature, music (especially jazz), painting, shooting, and walking, particularly in the Scottish highlands. He leaves a daughter and five grandchildren.

[John Mackie, Piloo H Setna]

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