John I HarperBMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1224 (Published 14 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1224
- Peter H Hoeger,
- Veronica A Kinsler
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John I Harper, who died suddenly on 5 April 2021. Those who had the good fortune to know him will forever miss his sense of humour and humanity, the unmistakably gentle approach to patients and their families, and his stimulating art of linking clinical and scientific medicine.
John was brought up in Southend on Sea, Essex. He studied at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. He had his first taste of paediatrics at St` Charles Hospital, London, where he was inspired by David Harvey. He went on to work in dermatology at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, under Drs Rook, Champion, and Roberts, and then, at Wycombe General Hospital, under Darrell Wilkinson.
In 1980, John moved to Westminster Hospital, where he joined the dermatology department under Drs Copeman and …