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Anna Donald

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 04 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b436

A summer party at Anna Donald's

I am still shocked by Anna's death, and still possessed with the
sense of
eeriness that I had when I first started to read her blog, and when I re-
some of it a couple of days ago. Richard Smith's and Muir Gray's obituary
wonderful, and painted the Anna we all remember and would want to

I first met Anna after she had won the Rhodes Scholarship for New
Wales for 1989 - my wife and I attended a farewell dinner in her honour.
were very taken by this young and vibrant woman who had already done so
much, and who was about to depart for Oxford on what is often a life-
changing experience. Somehow we knew that she would achieve great things,
and also have a lot of fun.

Unexpectedly we soon found ourselves living in London for a few
years. We
still have this memory of being invited by Anna to an afternoon party on
amazing summer's day in 1990 or 1991. We drove up the M40 to her place -
I think it was in Norham Gardens or nearby. All manner of people drifted
and out of the party. As everyone would expect, she made us really
including our baby boy. Marvellous summer days in the UK are like rare
jewels to be remembered, but it was the whole day that was wonderful, and
was because of Anna.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

12 February 2009
John D G Watson
Discipline of Medicine
Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia