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Joseph Edward Gordon

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 25 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4729
  1. Tom McKenzie

Joseph Edward Gordon (“Joe”) was prominent in the medical political scene in north Tyneside for a quarter of a century, during which time he was chairman of North Tyneside local medical committee and later chairman of the Family Practitioner Committee and the Family Health Services Authority during its earlier days.

He was active in advocating positive policy change and was in the vanguard in promoting policy change in cervical cytology through the local medical committees’ conference and the annual BMA annual representatives’ meeting.

He was always encouraging of younger doctors and helped many to take medical political office and represent the profession both locally and nationally.

Joe joined his father’s practice in 1962. Wideopen, Seaton Burn, and Dudley were mining areas, and a large housing estate was under construction. Subsequently the practice grew dramatically, and Joe’s father and I were grateful for an extra pair of hands, as we were a practice dedicated to the NHS and patient care.

Joe was forward thinking and introduced preventive programmes, with regular blood pressure checks. We purchased a computer, an Apple II, and we had all the patients listed.

Joe loved life and had many interests and hobbies. His great joy was his boat on Kielder Water. He was a car enthusiast and enjoyed driving and travelling. He kept an immaculate large garden. He loved music and was an accomplished pianist.

But his great passion was his family, of which he was the heart. He was proud to live in the house in which he was born. He retired from the practice in 1993.

He leaves his wife, Ann; a son and a daughter; and four grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4729


  • Former general practitioner Wideopen, Northumberland (b 1933; q Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, 1959), died from respiratory failure after pulmonary lobotomy on 19 June 2013.

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