Dr Roddie McNicol
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.
Peter Morris was born in Skegness on 1st January 1933 and was fond of saying it was the first and only thing of significance that occurred in Skegness that year. As the first anaesthetist in full time paediatric practice in Manchester, Peter took the lead in developing paediatric anaesthesia services, including anaesthesia for open-heart surgery, which led to the development of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Peter joined the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APA) at its foundation in 1973. Six years later he was elected onto Council where he served as Representative for England and Wales from 1979 to 1984, Honorary Secretary and Treasurer from 1984 to 1987 and President from 1991 to 1993.
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.
Edward Fletcher 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 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.
Gordon Henry Bush
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…’