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Peter Searell Andrews

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 07 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3163
  1. Neil Andrews

Peter Searell Andrews was consultant pathologist at Kettering General Hospital (1958-90) and Home Office pathologist for the East Midlands. Wartime measures shortened his training at Cambridge but added the experience of being a night time dispatch motorcyclist. His postgraduate training at the Middlesex Hospital included national service as a pathologist in Benghazi, followed by a MD research thesis into rodent ulcers induced by x ray irradiation. At Kettering he expanded pathology services, which he believed should be at the forefront of clinical care not a backroom service. He loved teaching and the sharing of knowledge. He developed postgraduate education sessions with hospital clinicians and general practitioners and set up the East Anglian Pathology Club, where difficult histology slides were discussed. In 1962 his local and regional influence was pivotal bringing the first intensive care unit at a district general hospital to Kettering. In 1970 he was awarded Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence and was invited to become a forensic pathologist, which he practised part time along, with his hospital work until he retired in 1990. He enjoyed the intellectual rigor of working with the legal profession but equally the camaraderie of the police. The sombre nature of his work in histopathology, morbid anatomy, and forensic pathology belied his delight in the living, music, and conversation. He had an effervescent sense of humour and was a wicked mimic. He was equally at home being an animated teacher, appearing in the hospital review, or as Father Christmas at the local school.

At his funeral service, Peter was described as “a doctor without borders.” Peter married Josephine, who survives him. He leaves five children, 15 grandchildren, and a great granddaughter.

Consultant and Home Office pathologist Kettering General Hospital (b 1925; q St John’s College, Cambridge/Middlesex Hospital 1947; MD, FRCPath, DMJ), died from congestive heart failure on 25 Nov 2019

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