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Donald Robert ColesGeorge Haslett ConnorGeorge Alfred KaneTerence Eric LearFrancis Ian Macadam

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 04 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1162

Donald Robert Coles

Former consultant physician Bristol Royal Infirmary (b Weston-super-Mare 1924; q Bristol 1951; MD, FRCP), d 26 September 2000. Bob Coles made everyone he came into contact with feel special, and he made a major contribution to medicine and the medical school in Bristol. After house jobs he did a physiology degree and then obtained a Medical Research Council fellowship and worked in Oxford with Sir George Pickering. When he returned to Bristol in 1950 he quickly moved from clinical research fellow to lecturer and then consultant physician in charge of diabetes services for Bristol. Bob was an avuncular figure and always had time for people, but if an important cricket match was on he might be missing from the ward rounds. From 1967 until he retired in 1989 he was clinical dean and also chairman of the medical admissions committee for much of that time. He was kind and generous to his students, but he had a somewhat relaxed approach to systems, paperwork, and …

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