ObituariesNilima Choudhury, née KunduPhilip Ross HarbenMonica Cynthia LewinRosemarie Dorothy LincolnMerlin MarshallGeorge Leonard PlesterJohn Albert RichDouglas William Cumming SmithGeoffrey Harvey Martin Stanley-JonesValentine Andrew James SwainSzeming SzeWilliam WaughBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7175.61 (Published 02 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:61
Nilima Choudhury, née Kundu
General practitioner Merthyr Tydfil (b Calcutta 1937; q Calcutta 1962), died suddenly while on holiday in India on 12March 1998three weeks before her retirement. The third of six daughters of a jute merchant, my mother was encouraged to pursue a career in medicine. After arriving in Britain in 1968she initially trained in obstetrics and gynaecology before joining her husband in general practice. She continued to work despite several major illnesses. She always dressed exquisitely and was an accomplished dressmaker. She had a passion for gardening, including the cultivation of bonsai, and was interested in Bengali literature and classical music. She leaves a husband, Sadhan, and me, her daughter (both doctors).
Philip Ross Harben
Former general practitioner Mildenhall, Suffolk, 1951-89(b 1922; q Guy's 1945), died from a stroke on 4October 1998.After national service he entered general practice and developed an interest in manipulative medicine, which he practised for the benefit of his patients. Despite government reforms he insisted on treating his patients as he had always done, giving time to everyone, and he developed an enormous visiting list of the elderly and the infirm. Predeceased by his wife, he leaves a son and a daughter.
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Monica Cynthia Lewin
Former clinical assistant in accident and emergency Whittington Hospital, London (b Jamaica 1925; q Royal Free 1952,FRCS), died from a cerebrovascular accident on 17February 1998.She returned to Jamaica with her husband, David Atkinson, who she had married while both were students. She was a government surgeon at the Children's Hospital and Kingston Public Hospital and did sterling service during the troubles in the 1960s, often working day and night on horrendous injuries. She returned to England when her husband was appointed consultant urologist, and because her children were still young she worked part time until 1988.After retirement one of her pleasures was being …