John Roderick SamuelBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7474.1106-e (Published 04 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1106
John Roderick SamuelFormer consultant anaesthetist St Peter’s and Moorfields Hospital, London (b Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1931; q Royal London Hospital 1953), died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm on 27 June 2004.
After house appointments he served for two years in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Malaya. On return he trained in anaesthesia in London and at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, followed by one year as a consultant anaesthetist in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1971 he was appointed consultant anaesthetist to St Peter’s Hospital Group, London, and senior lecturer, department of anaesthetics, Royal College of Surgeons, London. In 1973 he was also appointed consultant anaesthetist to Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. In these capacities John enjoyed a distinguished and much appreciated career, developing many innovative techniques in his specialty—his expertise being much sought after and appreciated by his surgical colleagues and his patients in both the NHS and private practice. He was an excellent and emollient chairman of the medical committee of St Peter’s during a very difficult period. He was a keen world traveller and lover of music and theatre. On retirement in 1995 he decided to spend half of each year in Sydney, Australia, "following the sun," where he died in June 2004. John was not married but lived very happily with his long term companion, Murray Sallen, who was with him when he died. [John Wickham]
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