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Peter Rex Greenfield

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 20 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2225
  1. Faith Greenfield

Peter Rex Greenfield died on the 30 December 2010, aged 79. He was born in Sheffield on 1 December 1931, the son of Rex and Elsie. He was a devoted family man who had a long and distinguished professional career.

He was educated at Cheltenham College between 1945 and 1950, where in addition to his studies he was a member of the Combined Cadet Force, sang in the choir, and developed his love of music. After leaving Cheltenham he did his national service, gaining a commission in the Royal Signals in 1951 before attending Cambridge University to study natural sciences. Here he became a proficient rower, and represented his college, Pembroke.

Peter completed his medical qualifications at St George’s Hospital, London, in 1957, despite contracting bulbar polio six months before his finals. Sadly the resultant damage to his vocal chords put an end to his singing days, and he was also advised to stop rowing. …

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