Tony Nightingale

It is with great sadness that we must report the loss of Dr Tony Nightingale who was one of the early prominent figures of paediatric anaesthesia, and indeed one of the founder members of the APAGBI.

He was a true gentleman with many accomplishments to his name. He was a great advocate of trainees and training and created opportunities for British trainees and also promising overseas trainees to work at Alder Hey as part of a rotation. He was also a great supporter of ODPs. He was involved in research and also the creation of some of the early standards fort paediatric anaesthesia which were used nationally and internationally.
He was streets ahead of Great Thunberg and was forever preaching “reduce, reuse, recycle” for all anaesthetic equipment.

And very touchingly, at Christmas he would always arrive with boxes of satsumas for the staff of the various depts with whom he was involved. A tradition which has been continued since his retirement.

An all round gentleman who will be missed greatly. 

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Gerry Black

Dr Gerry Black of Belfast (APA President 1985 - 87) passed away on Wednesday 10th July 2019. 

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Kester Brown

Kester Brown






We have been deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Kester Brown.
Kester was a giant in the world of paediatric anaesthesia with a global network of people he had supported and mentored.

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Vale Robert Eyres







Robert Eyres was an Honorary Member of the APAGBI, a Nuffield prize winner and an inspirational member of the department in Melbourne.

Rob came from Deniliquin, NSW and was educated at Caulfield Grammar School and Melbourne University.  His training in Anaesthesia was undertaken at Whipps Cross Hospital in London.  He won the prize in the final FFARCS examinations.  He returned to Melbourne in 1977 and worked as a registrar at the Royal Children’s Hospital.  The following year he joined the full time staff.  For many years he worked one night a week in Intensive Care. He remained on staff at RCH for 40 years.

He soon took charge of cardiac anaesthesia.  He led the research program on blood levels of local anaesthetics in children (first in the world) and helped to establish epidural anaesthesia in the hospital.  He was a very competent practical anaesthetist.  He had a brilliant mind and could get to the nub of a problem quickly and was able to explain things clearly and concisely.  He was a highly regarded teacher.

He undertook a sabbatical in Italy and often went to France for holidays. 

In 2000-2004 he was Director of Anaesthesia at the Royal Children’s Hospital. This included a time as Director of Specialist Services.

Rob was heavily involved with SPANZA including role as treasurer.  In 2008 he was awarded the SPANZA medal and conferred Honorary Life membership.

Rob will be fondly remembered for his love of people, fast cars, fast bikes and red wine.  
Like his signature boots Rob’s life was well worn and well loved.

“Life’s too short to drink white”

Gordon Henry Bush

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Dr Gordon Henry Bush was recognised as a leading paediatric anaesthetist the world over; asked to describe him, friends and colleagues invariably begin ‘He was a real Gentleman…’


Roddy McNicol

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It is with great sadness that I write this tribute to my friend and office-buddy of some 25 years Roddie McNicol who has died suddenly on 5th December 2016 in France at the age of 71 years.

Roddie was educated at Allan Glens School and the University of Glasgow. He trained in anaesthesia in Glasgow and was appointed as a Consultant with clinical sessions mainly in orthopaedics, plastic surgery and paediatrics. He was co-author of one of the first papers on ketamine pharmacokinetics in children in 1983 and with Douglas Arthur wrote a very influential review of local anaesthetic techniques in children for the British Journal of Anaesthesia in 1986. This, along with his many lectures, tutorials and one-to-one clinical teaching sessions, encouraged widespread adoption of regional anaesthesia in paediatric practice.  Here Roddie is seen in typical pose, sharing an anecdote with Jack Rees.  

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John Keneally

John Keneally

John Keneally was one of the doyens of Australian paediatric anaesthetic practice, but with true modesty he would have been the last to have accepted this. Nevertheless, JK – as he was lovingly known – touched the lives and careers of many hundreds of anaesthetic trainees, as they passed through the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children and thousands of anaesthetists through his contributions to anaesthetic literature and journalism.

Edward Battersby


Edward Fletcher Battersby (“Ted”) was brought up in Christchurch, New Zealand. After qualifying at the University of Otago he was a houseman in Christchurch before working his passage to England as a ship’s doctor. He then undertook junior posts at Bart’s and Great Ormond Street, going back to New Zealand in 1962. He returned to England to settle permanently in 1964, where he was appointed as a consultant at Great Ormond Street.

John Inkster

John Inkster

John Inkster, who has died aged 87, was a pioneer in anaesthesia and intensive care techniques that helped to make complex surgery safer for small babies.

Professor A. W. Conn

Professor Alan William Conn died 2nd October 2010. 'Al' was born on May 29 1925 at Mimico, Ontario, Canada where his father was a General Practitioner and he graduated MD from the University of Toronto in 1948.