David Hugh Gilmore. Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist. Queen Mother's Hospital and Western. Infirmary (b Ayrshire 1953; q Glasgow 1977;.
Consultant anaesthetist Southend General Hospital 1971-95 (b London 1932; q Cambridge/King’s College Hospital 1958; FFARCS), d 21 November 2001. David became a consultant after training that took him to many prestigious centres. He was a true eccentric and delighted, and often frustrated, all around him. Later years were plagued with arthritis but he still made frequent visits to France, which was his third true love, after his family, and anaesthesia. He leaves a wife, Jenny; two sons; and two grandchildren. [Stephen Ward]
In 1988 he was appointed to his first consultant post at the Royal Alexandra Infirmary, Paisley, moving to the Queen Mother’s and Western Infirmary in 1995. David was a true “all rounder.” His involvement with junior staff training led to him being elected regional RCOG adviser in 1999. Trainees found him to be a demanding but inspirational figure. He leaves a partner, Jess; and two sons. [Alan Cameron]
Miles Richard Castelhow Heffernan Former general practitioner London and Auckland, New Zealand (b 1929; q Oxford/ St Mary’s Hospital 1953), died from the complications of myelodysplastic disease on 23 February 2002. After house jobs and national service Miles became a singlehanded general practitioner in Shepherds Bush. In 1975 he moved to New Zealand, where he had more time to spend on music and literature. In retirement he produced opera and ballet for commercial videos, and enjoyed ice skating. He leaves a wife, Janette; and a daughter. [Edward Brett, Denis Gibbs]
Bernard Dudley Associate specialist in medicine John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough, and diabetic clinic Lincoln County Hospital 1970-84 (b Manchester 1924; q Manchester 1952), d 4 April 2002. Bernard was a general practitioner for 10 years, but unhappy with general practice he became an associate specialist in medicine. He helped set up the Gainsborough branch of Diabetes UK. He retired to Skipton, Yorkshire, to be in easy reach of the dales and lakeland fells. Bernard was active in local politics (for the Liberal Democrats) and lectured in geology for U3A (the University of the Third Age). Predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, he leaves three children; and two grandchildren. [Sheila Reid]
Ronald Edward McCune Former general practitioner London (b Manchester 1947; q London 1970; MRCS), died from complications of liver disease on 2 February 2002. Known to all as Chic, Ronald studied medicine at King’s College Hospital. He then entered general practice and worked singlehanded in south east London. His overriding sporting passion was cricket and he served as honorary medical officer to Surrey County Cricket Club. He leaves a longtime partner, Sara; and two children from his previous marriage. [John C Stevenson]
Denys Knight Sambrook David Hugh Gilmore Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Queen Mother’s Hospital and Western Infirmary (b Ayrshire 1953; q Glasgow 1977; MD, FRCOG, FRCS Glas), died from a heart attack on 15 March 2002. 1102
Former consultant radiotherapist Singleton Hospital, Swansea (b 1916; q London 1938; FRCS, FRCR, DMRT), died from bronchopneumonia and left ventricular failure on 23 January 2002. Initially training as an orthopaedic surgeon he later decided on a career in radiotherapy.
In 1951 Denys was appointed as the first consultant to the new unit in Swansea. He was active in research, published widely, and lectured at home and abroad. In retirement he read widely, especially in French and German, in which he was fluent. He leaves a wife, Angela; and three children. [Vivian Jenkins, Don Gamage]
Paul Arthur Noel Wainwright General practitioner Wigan 1952-89 (b 1926; q St Andrews 1948), died from prostate cancer on 1 February 2002. After house jobs and national service in the Royal Air Force he entered general practice. He was of a retiring nature, with a dry sense of humour. He was known for his unflappability and could defuse tense situations with apparent ease. Photography was his principal hobby, and he also enjoyed growing flowers and studying nature. He leaves a wife, Jean; four children; and five grandchildren. [Colin Haigh]
Alfred Francon Williams Former general practitioner Sheffield (b Kalampong, Darjeeling, India, 1916; q Edinburgh 1940), d 16 June 2001. After graduating Francon worked at Gogabburn Hospital, Scotland, as an anaesthetist. He volunteered and served in the British army, attaining the rank of captain. While serving in Burma he took charge of a field hospital. After the war, Francon became a general practitioner in Sheffield. He was a passionate and gifted pianist. He leaves a wife, Rosemary. [Heather Elliman] Longer versions of all these obituaries are available on bmj.com BMJ VOLUME 324
4 MAY 2002