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Geoffrey Donald Oates

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 31 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2464
  1. Bill Heald, Brendan Moran

Geoffrey Donald Oates (“Geoff”) died suddenly in Switzerland, aged 84, en route from his adopted home in Verbier to attend the conference of the British Association of Surgical Oncology. He was carrying his handwritten Christmas cards (for postage in England), which were subsequently posted by Liz, who had to add a note on each envelope that Geoff had died on the way. He would have been very disappointed at the added cost at having to post them in Switzerland owing to the sudden change in events. In the cards that we both received, he related that he and Liz were in great health and that he might not make it to a meeting we were attending in St Gallen a few weeks later, as …

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