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Robert GoslingGeoffrey Edwin BondColum Michael ConnollyDavid Stanley FreestoneGeorge William Andrew GordonJack Watson LitchfieldRonald MorleyJames Hill WhittlesGeorge Wiernik

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 13 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1344

Robert Gosling

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Former consultant psychotherapist Tavistock Clinic, London (b Birmingham 1920; q Birmingham 1948; MD, FRCPsych; OBE), d 9 February 2000. His medical training included a Rockefeller scholarship at Cornell University, but was interrupted by four years in a tuberculosis sanatorium in New York, where he first learnt about psychoanalysis from a fellow patient. He also developed a taste for jazz that never left him. A first class scientific mind and a deep knowledge of Shakespeare's plays came together in his psychoanalytical training. He again became ill, with polio, and had to spend several weeks in an iron lung.

Though he maintained an analytic private practice, his passion was to apply psychoanalytic knowledge to public service. He completed his training at the Tavistock Clinic, and in 1968 became its first elected head and devoted the rest of his life to the Tavistock and to the NHS. He brought the clinic into the modern age, creating a multidisciplinary organisation ahead of its time. He saw that clinical intervention alone would never be enough, and took a leading part in developing professional training in groups. Alongside work with general practitioners he was closely involved with the Tavistock and Leicester group relations programmes. These grew out of the clinic's contribution to military officer selection in the second world war. The programmes extended beyond health and social services to business, the clergy, and public and voluntary service staff.

Bob was without pretention and never hid behind theory. He took pleasure in promoting others' imagination and creativity. He retired in 1979, because of increasing deafness, and settled with his wife and two of his children in a Queen Anne farmhouse in Gloucestershire, which he restored himself. He leaves a wife, Veronica; five children; and 10 grandchildren.

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Geoffrey Edwin Bond

General practitioner Rickmansworth (b 1919; q St Bartholomew's 1945; …

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