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Obituaries

Dashper James ArkleRobert GilbertEllen (“Mischa”) O'Sullivan (née Walsh)Amar Singh RayanDavid Ward Shedden

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7248.1544 (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1544

Dashper James Arkle


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Former chief medical officer and medical director Fairmile Mental Hospital, Oxfordshire (b 1920; q Oxford/Liverpool 1943; FRCP, FRCPsych; JP), died while watching television on 3 April 2000. After house jobs he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a surgeon lieutenant and served in HMS Bentinck and HMS Victory. After the war his interests turned to psychiatry and after registrar posts in Liverpool he was appointed a consultant to Fairmile where he spent the rest of his professional career. Towards the end of his career he was appointed a member of the Medical Health Review Tribunal. In Streatley he and his wife became a part of the social scene, and James served on the Bradfield and Sonning bench as a JP for many years. He was calm and unflappable, even a little set in his ways—he always had to take a cold morning bath—but had an impish sense of humour. He leaves a wife, Doreen, and three daughters.

J R B Dixey]

Robert Gilbert


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Anaesthetic registrar University College Hospitals, London (b Zambia 1968; q Cape Town 1991; FRCA), d 18 February 2000. Rob's ambition was always to be a doctor, and he had a genuinely caring nature and paid great attention to detail. He was always concerned about his patients' wellbeing and was particularly interested in pain relief. He was one of few anaesthetists to regularly receive thank you cards. Outside medicine he loved technology and gadgets and was an avid reader of fiction. He leaves a partner, Paulo, and a baby daughter.

Anthea Allen, Mariam Rice]

Ellen (“Mischa”) O'Sullivan (née Walsh)


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Former senior medical officer Essex Health Authority (b Dover Castle 1915; q Dublin 1940), d 29 March 2000. Mischa's first job was in Newquay. During the war she served in field hospitals in India and Burma under General Bill Slim while her husband was a prisoner of war in Singapore. Having seen her children through school, she returned to medicine, specialising in child health care. She took a particular interest in children with severe disabilities. She loved the work and was dedicated to it. Outside medicine Mischa had many hobbies; she enjoyed travel, and had the true Irish love of horseracing. I first met and was impressed by Mischa in 1941.She maintained her dignity, even at the end of her life, despite her debilitating illness. Predeceased by her husband, Mike, she leaves a son and two daughters.

J George Weston]

Amar Singh Rayan


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Former general practitioner Leyton, east London (b Roorkee, India, 1935; q Lucknow 1962; JP), died from carcinoma of the lung on 14 April 2000. He came to Britain in 1964 and during his 33years as a GP he also worked as a forensic medical examiner, as a JP, and as doctor to the High Commission of India and to Air India. In 1983 he became a freeman of the City of London and was welcomed in every city he visited—travel and the maintenance of a vast network of friends were abiding passions. He was an inveterate collector—of ties, pipes, and cars—was a keen golfer, musician, photographer, and dramatist in his youth. He leaves a wife, Vimal; three daughters; and a grandson.

[Lawrence Norfolk]

David Ward Shedden


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General practitioner Winchester (b 1935; q The London 1960; MRCGP), d 28 December 1999. His father and grandfather were doctors and he became a partner in Winchester in 1963, where he rapidly built up a list of his own patients. Many remained with him until he retired. David offered a high standard of care, provided help at times of crisis, and was supportive of his younger partners when they found the stress of general practice put a strain on their own lives. He was a medical officer to two schools. Outside medicine he played rugby for the Winchester club, and was a keen racquets and golf player. He was an able photographer and took many pictures of Hampshire and the Lake District, where he often walked. When he retired he moved to Chilcomb, taking an interest in the local community and helping with the maintenance of the medieval church. Predeceased by a son, who died from congenital heart disease during his medical training, he leaves a second wife, Katherine; a son and a daughter from his first marriage; four stepchildren; and three grandchildren.

R J Reichenbach]

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