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Marjorie Olive Bennett (née Dunster)Leonard Roy GriffithsEric Bernard GrogonoDorothy Grace HerveyFrank Charles Naldrett (“Pat”) HoldenHoward Lloyd-ThomasCatherine Logan (née Aicken)James Henry MillerHartwin Siegfried SadowskiDavid Alexander Sime

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7252.54 (Published 01 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:54

Marjorie Olive Bennett (née Dunster)


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Former general practitioner and gynaecologist (b Newport 1915; q Bristol 1939; FRCS, FRCOG), d 5 January 2000. After a short spell in general practice she trained in obstetrics and gynaecology, spending a year in the United States on a travelling scholarship, partly at the Mayo Clinic. She and her husband returned to Bristol, and she was appointed a consultant at Southmead Hospital. For some years, with few junior staff, she coped with a tremendous workload in one of the largest units in the region. She had teaching commitments to junior doctors and students, including nurses, and the unit was notable for its efficiency and happy atmosphere. She and her husband retired to Porlock, and until his death they loved walking on Exmoor and were members of the fishing, shooting, hunting, farming, and church communities. Their cottage was open house, providing hot baths for sailors and barbecues for the hungry. Marjorie had an ebullient personality and was forthright and a great talker. Predeceased by her husband, Douglas (also a doctor), she leaves a daughter.

[John Crossley]

Leonard Roy Griffiths


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Consultant microbiologist (b 1957; q Southampton 1979), d 28 March 2000. He trained in microbiology in London and Liverpool and was the first dedicated consultant microbiologist appointed in Barrow-in-Furness. With colleagues he developed a model of cross site working and professional support that survived the internal market. For some years he chaired a successful intertrust microbiology audit group. Colleagues in public health medicine valued his support for communicable disease control, and in 1989 he was appointed consultant in communicable disease control for the South Cumbria Health Authority. After an authority merger in 1994 he assumed the lead for infectious disease issues. He was primarily a clinical microbiologist who believed his skills were best employed at the patient interface, and he had a heavy caseload. With the encouragement of the physicians he developed an interest in hepatitis C and established a specialist clinic. Lenny had an abiding interest in antibiotic therapy and lectured on this at Lancaster University. Outside medicine he was an accomplished pianist and loved his garden and the nearby Lake District. He leaves a wife, Kathy, and two sons from his first marriage.

[D Telford, A T Macheta]

Eric Bernard Grogono


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Former general practitioner Woodford Green, Essex, 1935–75 (b Stratford 1909; q The London 1931), d 22 December 1999. He first joined his father in the east end of London and spent 40 years committed to his practice and the community. He was an anaesthetist and a council member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He abhored quackery and was active in Healthwatch. He had an inventive mind, making gadgets to help patients, and at the end of the second world war he designed and built a 20 ft sailboat. With his sons he built Icarus, a sailing hydrofoil, which held the B class world sailing speed record. He spent 20 years happily retired in Aldeburgh, appreciated for his musical evenings and his wine making. He and his wife distributed meals on wheels until they were older than the recipients. Predeceased, by six weeks, by his wife, Clare, he leaves three sons and nine grandchildren (five of the 12 are doctors).

[Alan James, Andrew Grogono]

Dorothy Grace Hervey


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Former general practitioner Alfreton, Derbyshire, and West Drayton, Middlesex (b Crathorne, north Yorkshire, 1903; q Birmingham 1926), d 11 April 2000. As a medical student and junior doctor she saw the poverty and social conditions in the inner cities between the wars, and this experience, her kindness, and practical Christianity spurred her to take an active part in voluntary work to help the disadvantaged. She was a conscientious and cooperative partner and a dedicated family doctor. After several years in retirement locally she moved to Leintwardine in Herefordshire and continued to play an active part in local and parish affairs.

[Dennis Bowman]

Frank Charles Naldrett (“Pat”) Holden


Former head of the chest clinic Doncaster Royal Infirmary (b Silimpopon, north Borneo, 1913; q Westminster 1943; MD), d 30 March 2000. At the height of the blitz he sometimes had to cycle through air raids to attend members of Churchill's wartime cabinet in their underground bunker. He supervised the surgical treatment of tuberculosis at Harefield Sanatorium and then moved to Doncaster. The chest clinic was housed in a terraced house and the chest x ray examinations were taken in the front room and developed in the kitchen before the patients climbed the stairs to the consulting room. Pat moved to Doncaster Royal Infirmary in 1959 and worked there until he retired in 1978. After retirement he worked as occupational health consultant to the borough council and served on the Sheffield pneumoconiosis panel. Pat remained active and cycled 250 miles from Salzburg to Vienna, aged 79. Predeceased by his wife, Maureen, and his son, he leaves two daughters and two grandchildren.

[Emyr Wyn Jones]

Howard Lloyd-Thomas


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Former general practitioner Romford, Essex, 1960–90 (b 1929; q Cambridge/ The London 1955), died suddenly from myocardial infarction on 15 May 2000. Howard had a reputation as a caring doctor who never turned down a request for a visit. He was innovative in practice management and active in local medical politics, becoming chairman of the family practitioner committee. He was the doctor to several local companies and was the local Treasury doctor. Howard enjoyed his sessions at the local genitourinary medicine clinic and was working there on the day he died. When he retired from general practice he enjoyed travelling and playing the piano and his organ. He leaves a wife, Joyce (a retired general practitioner); two sons; two daughters (one a general practitioner); and three grandchildren.

[Joyce Lloyd-Thomas]

Catherine Logan (née Aicken)


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Former general practitioner Halifax, Yorkshire, 1953-66, and senior clinical medical officer Down Co and Eastern Health and Social Services Board, 1966–75 (b Armagh, Northern Ireland, 1924; q Edinburgh 1949; DPH, MFCM), died from carcinoma of the kidney on 23 November 1999. Her main medical interests were paediatrics and gynaecology, but at heart she was a musician, mimic, humourist, and linguist. Her interest in people and memory for their circumstances and quirks led to hilarious take-offs, but only to selected audiences. She leaves a husband, Robert (a doctor); two sons (both consultants); and five grandchildren.

[R Logan]

James Henry Miller


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Former consultant orthopaedic surgeon Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 1960–88 (b Glasgow 1922; q Glasgow 1945; FRCSGlas, FRCSEd), died from multiple myeloma on 26 April 2000. After national service in a hospital ship in the far east Jim trained in Bridge of Earn and Glasgow. Apart from a general orthopaedic practice he had a special interest in elbow surgery and, in collaboration with Andy Amis in Leeds, he developed a three part prosthesis for the elbow joint, used successfully in rheumatoid arthritis. With his wife, who had been his ward sister, he published a textbook on orthopaedic nursing. Jim inherited a lifelong love of cricket from his father, who was born in Jamaica, and followed the fortunes of the West Indies test team with enthusiasm. He called his favourite doberman Sobers. He had an inquiring mind and after retirement studied philosophy and astronomy. He leaves a wife, Margaret; two daughters; and a son.

[Alan Conner]

Hartwin Siegfried Sadowski


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Research fellow in child psychiatry University of Pittsburgh (b 1959; q Bonn, Germany, 1987; MD, MRCPsych), d 9 January 2000. Hartwin spent an elective in Newcastle upon Tyne and became committed to the discipline of academic child psychiatry. He then trained in psychiatry in Newcastle and London. In 1993 he was appointed senior registrar and lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic and the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. He was involved in numerous projects, was an excellent teacher, and was known for his enclycopaedic knowledge. He was always concerned for those less privileged than himself. Outside medicine he had a wide variety of interests; he was an excellent sportsman, dancer, and singer. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1999. He leaves his parents; a sister; and two brothers.

[Alan Stein, Richard Graham]

David Alexander Sime


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Consultant psychiatrist (b St Davids, Pembrokeshire, 1922; q Edinburgh 1946), d 3 October 1999. He spent two years in the Royal Army Medical Corps and maintained an interest in the Territorial Army. In 1963 he became a consultant and director of Withymeade Residential Psychotherapeutic Centre in south Devon. He later held other consultant posts in the region. It was during this time that he developed his interest in forensic psychiatry and set up a forensic psychiatric unit at Langdon Hospital. He was frequently involved in criminal proceedings on behalf of the Home Office. In 1978 he moved to Melbourne in Australia and developed a counselling service for prison officers. He then developed a similar service for bank staff after armed robberies. Predeceased by his son, Michael, he leaves his second wife, Pamela; a son from his second marriage; and four children from his first marriage.

[Philip E Harris]

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