Tributes

Frederick BINNS

Ralph BLACKET

Reginald BOWMAN

Charles BRIDGES-WEBB

Clara CAMPBELL

Beryl COLLIER

Eileen COLLINS

Patrick DE BURGH

Ella Spencer DONOVAN

Ernest FINCKH

Coll FISHER

 

Stan GOULSTON

Paddy GRATTAN-SMITH

John GREENWELL

George Vincent HALL

Denis HALMAGYI

Roland A G (Rag) HOLMES

Ronald James HOY

Kevin HUME

Clair ISBISTER

David JOHNSON

 

Max LAKE

John LAYCOCK

Elizabeth LLOYD

Geoff MCDONALD

Frank MILLS

Gerald MILTON

David MORTON

Vince MUNRO

Chris O'BRIEN

William Joseph QUILTY

 

Ralph READER

Tracey ROBINSON

Mark SHANAHAN

Minna SHAW SMITH

Thomas STAPLETON

David STEPHEN

Babette STEPHENS

Bruce STOREY

Doug TRACY

Roger VANDERFIELD

James WILSON


Frederick Binns

Fred attended Sydney Grammar before deciding to do medicine at Sydney University. He graduated from Sydney University in 1962 with an honours degree. He undertook work as an anatomy demonstrator at the university for two years whilst doing his resident years and as a 2nd year resident decided on a career as an Orthopaedic surgeon. More

James Keith Wilson 1920-2013

Jim was a tall modest man with a distinctive clear voice and ready smile. He had charm, a ready ear and a clear and enquiring mind. There was no pretention but an openness and ability to share.
His rural derivations gave him an uncluttered approach to his work and expression, which tended to disguise his considerable intellect and other capacities in practical matters. More

John Greenwell 1922 - 2012

John Greenwell was born in Leura NSW to Harold and Sarah Greenwell. He was the youngest of four children and his father owned and ran a pharmacy on Katoomba Street in Katoomba. He attended Katoomba Public School and he finished his education at Sydney Grammar School in 1940 and the following year commenced the study of medicine at Sydney University graduating in 1946. More

David Morton 1929 - 2012

David Morton was born at Wauchope, NSW on 9th May, 1929 and died peacefully from Pancreatic cancer at home at Gosford surrounded by his loving family on 6th March, 2012. David’s father was a distinguished school teacher, and the family moved frequently in the early years, but his secondary schooling was at Sydney Boys High-he excelled in tennis, and matriculated with a maximum pass in the Leaving certificate, beginning Medicine at Sydney University in 1946, along with over 700 others. More

Tracey Robinson 1966 - 2012

Tracey was a home-grown doctor from Westmead Hospital, and remained one of its staunchest supporters throughout her professional career. She commenced working at Westmead as an intern in 1990, completing her Basic Physician training here.More

Stan Goulston 1915 - 2011

Stan Goulston

Stan Goulston spent his working life as a highly respected gastroenterologist and, with Sir William Morrow, set up the first specialist gastroenterology unit in Australia, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In 1994, after retiring from active clinical practice at 79, he promptly started another career. Returning to the University of Sydney, he studied poetry and literature relating to patient care and was awarded a masters degree in philosophy in 1996. He pioneered the teaching of medical humanities in Australia and his term on literature and poetry in medicine was vastly over-subscribed. More
Eulogy by Jeremy Lawrence

Patrick de Burgh 1916 - 2010

Patrick de Burgh

Patrick de Burgh might have followed the profession of his grandfather, Ernest de Burgh, chief bridge builder and then chief dam builder for NSW. His father, Tom, was also an engineer. But as a schoolboy during the Depression, his father took him to a sewerage main being bored through Sydney sandstone. ''See those workmen?'' Tom said, pointing to two labourers with picks. ''They are engineering graduates, and glad to have the work. Don't do engineering.'' Patrick took his father's advice. He followed the course taken by his maternal grandfather, J.T. Wilson, professor of anatomy at the University of Sydney 1890-1920 and at Cambridge 1920-1934 and went on to become one of the medical profession's leading teachers. More

Charles Bridges-Webb AO 1934 - 2010

Charles Bridges-Webb

12 July 2010
For some very bright students, there comes a moment in their studies when they experience a moment of inspiration that sets their course in life. Such was the case for Charles Bridges-Webb during a lecture on infectious hepatitis in his fourth year as a medical student at Melbourne University. The lecturer, Sydney Rubbo, referred to a book, Epidemiology in Country Practice, written by an English general practitioner, William Pickles, who had traced epidemics of infectious diseases through isolated villages in Yorkshire in the 1930s. His interest sparked, Bridges-Webb asked Rubbo where he could get a copy. Rubbo lent him his copy and told him to bring it back in a couple of weeks and tell him what he thought of it. More

Bruce Storey 1927 - 2010

Bruce Storey

30 June 2010
There are pranks, and there are pranks! Some are annoying, some funny, and some become legendary, as happened in 1948 when a group of Sydney University students took a bogus Olympic torch through the streets of Sydney. The Olympics were in London that year. But the students who did the run, including 21-year-old Bruce Storey - who was in his first year of medicine - looked and acted the part, and were so convincing that 60 years later a Sydney University magazine took it seriously and mistakenly portrayed it as the actual event. More

Ernest Finckh 1924 - 2009

23 February 2010
From the beginning of his medical career, Ernest Finckh was fascinated with finding out how things worked, or why they were not working. It led him to pathology, a discipline that takes in the causes and effects of disease. More

Clara Campbell 1915 - 2009

20 February 2010
Dr Clara Campbell was part of a revolution in Australia in the treatment of the mentally ill. Her working life followed the progress of psychiatry in this country from "lock-up" mental asylums transformed by the arrival of psychotropic drugs, through Freudian psychoanalytic theory and towards a post-Freudian world. More

Ronald James Hoy 1916 - 2009

Ron Hoy

Ron was a cultured man of irrefutable integrity, with a formidable intellect and memory, compassionate and quick-humoured. He was a gifted teacher, a generous colleague and a loyal friend. Always modest, kind and gracious, even fading eyesight in his latter years failed to constrain his enjoyment of his growing family and his fabled lunches with old colleagues and friends old and new. During a happy childhood in Manly Ron became an accomplished pianist and a strong swimmer. He was a member of Manly Surf Lifesaving Club at the same time as Olympian Andrew “Boy” Charlton. More

Vince Munro 1936 - 2009

Vince Munro

4 February 2010
Vince Munro, head of pathology at St Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst for more than 30 years, was a ''go-to'' man because his contacts spread all over the hospital, and beyond. Solving problems was his joy and he was particularly good at mediating between hospital bureaucracy and members of his department. More

George Vincent Hall AO 1915 - 2009

6 November 2009
George Hall was one of Australia's foremost cardiologists for more than 40 years. His polite and self-effacing manner belied a brilliant mind, limitless energy and a boundless sense of duty and dedication to his patients. His services were sought by governments, universities, hospitals, community leaders and ordinary people. He spent many years treating disadvantaged patients, who received from him the same high level of care and attention as the powerful and famous - but not the accounts. More

David Stephen 1928 - 2009

David Stephen

17 September 2009
David Stephen, a gentleman of the old school and never a follower of fashion, was somewhat eccentric in his love of things from olden times, especially cars. Yet he presided over a technological revolution in diagnostic radiology, as plain films gave way to modern scans. He practised his profession until four weeks before he died of acute leukaemia, just short of his 81st birthday. His tweed hat, vintage MG, quirky wit and Kipling quotes hinted at Monsieur Hulot, but his modesty, diffidence and self-deprecating humour disguised a high level of professional expertise. He was the radiologists' radiologist in Sydney. More

John Laycock 1921 - 2009

John Laycock

18 August 2009
Until a week before his death John Laycock was probably the oldest medical practitioner working in NSW. He was 88 and still doing 5½ days a week in his practice in Annandale. His last illness, an aortic aneurism, was brief. He enjoyed discussing his progress with his attending doctors. More

Beryl Collier 1928 - 2009

Beryl Collier

17 August 2009
There were times when Beryl Collier, an obstetrician on the Central Coast, could be vague and frustrating, such as the time when patient records were disappearing from her practice. Eventually, the records were found in her capacious and always untidy carry bag. However unorthodox her filing methods, though, her warm smile and calm, confident manner endeared her to patients. One of the privileges for anaesthetists who worked with her was to see her joy every time she delivered a baby. More

Minna Shaw Smith 1928 - 2009

Minna Shaw Smith

12 June 2009
Minna Shaw Smith became a doctor when it was an uncommon career for women, worked in medical administration, left the Department of Health in protest and devoted her retirement to community organisations and charity. She began her degree in medicine at the University of Sydney in 1946, "with full scholastic and academic honours - and a penchant for angora knitting and card games", to quote the medical school yearbook. More

Chris O'Brien AO 1952 - 2009

Chris O’Brien

6 June 2009
When Professor Chris O'Brien was told he had a malignant brain tumour in November 2006, the renowned Sydney head and neck cancer surgeon refused to bow to his poor prognosis. No one who knew him was surprised. Over the years he had helped thousands of cancer sufferers fight off their own sense of powerlessness, loneliness and fear, and believed passionately in the power of being positive. Honesty is an important medical ethic - but the one thing you never do is destroy a patient's sense of hope, he would stress to medical staff when he was director of the Sydney Cancer Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. More

Eileen Collins 1952 - 2009

Eileen Collins

1 June 2009
Dermatology as a career could be regarded as somewhat unadventurous, but it took Eileen Collins to remote Arnhem Land to help patients. Her grandfather, Sir Archibald Collins, was the Queen's physician in Australia and president of the British Medical Association in Australia before the Australian Medical Association was formed. Her grandfather, Sir Archibald Collins, was the Queen's physician in Australia and president of the British Medical Association in Australia before the Australian Medical Association was formed. Her father, Dr Ian Collins, was head of the NSW branch of the AMA and is still working in his eighties. Her mother, Dr Bobbie Horsley, was a clinical hematologist. More

Elizabeth Lloyd 1932 - 2009

2 May 2009
When patients came to see Dr Elizabeth Lloyd they knew to bring a packed lunch for the waiting room. Lloyd was of the era when GPs did everything, and it could be a while before she got to a patient, but she never left anyone untreated. More

Doug Tracy 1926 - 2009

23 April 2009
Doug Tracy, a noted surgeon with a gentle touch and infectious smile, had gained two university blues for boxing, a sport now opposed by medical associations in most developed countries. More

Max Lake AO 1924 - 2009

18 April 2009
Max Lake reckoned Descartes got it wrong. It isn't that "I think therefore I am", but that "we are because we smell". In his book, Food On The Plate, Wine In The Glass, he wrote: "There is some merit in the idea that the thinking cortex developed from the olfactory input of our evolutionary past." More

Paddy Grattan-Smith 1921 - 2009

Paddy Grattan-Smith

10 March 2009
Paddy Grattan-Smith was sometimes seen at a cricket match, holding up X-rays to the sun to study them. He was a key figure in the development of pediatric radiology in Australia and his clinical skills were highly valued, so X-rays were brought from all over Sydney to him, anywhere, any time. The director of radiology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children Camperdown for many years, he also served as president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. More

William Joseph Quilty 1930 - 2008

William Quilty

6 March 2009
The Bill Quilty Memorial prize was recently instituted by Melbourne University's School of Rural Health in Shepparton to commemorate a man who devoted 32 years of his professional life, and a large part of his private life, to helping others. He helped establish the first coronary care unit at Mooroopna Base Hospital and a diabetes education program at Goulburn Valley Base Hospital. More

Ella Spencer Donovan 1912 - 2008

16 February 2009
With the death of Dr Ella Donovan at 96 the Branch has lost its oldest and longest-serving member. Ella joined the NSW Branch of the AMA in 1936, and had been a member of the AMA and its precursors for more than 72 years. More

Kevin Hume 1918 - 2009

Kevin Hume

5 February 2009
Kevin Hume's lifetime devoted to medicine included 62 years as a general practitioner and more than half of those years promoting natural family planning. He travelled around the world attending conferences, running workshops, giving papers and liaising with international non-government organisations in support of the Billings ovulation method of contraception. More

Ralph Blacket AO 1919 - 2008

Ralph Blacket

26 January 2009
Ralph Blacket was one of Australia's leading researchers into heart disease. Convinced of the importance of lipids in the growing epidemic of heart attack and coronary artery disease, Blacket established a lipid chemistry laboratory. In 1966 the group carried out the Diet Heart Study, which demonstrated that substituting polyunsaturated vegetable fats for saturated animal fats would significantly reduce the incidence of heart disease. More


David Johnson 1942 - 2008

David Johnson

29 December 2008
David Skeffington Johnson was an inveterate collector and hoarder: of Sepik artefacts, playful tin frogs with umbrellas dancing round his garden fountain, and of Greek statuary and urns. Then there were the books of every kind, often two and three copies: Latin and Greek dictionaries; Loeb editions of classical Greek authors; a wall, ceiling to floor, of travel guides; and tomes of medical history of classical, medieval and Renaissance times. More

Geoff McDonald 1920 - 2008

25 October 2008
It can be hard to live in the shadow of a great man but Geoff McDonald followed his father into medicine then carved a distinguished career as his own man. His father, Sir Charles George ("CG") McDonald, was a doctor of note, specialising in thoracic diseases, and a founder and president of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. More

Roger Vanderfield AO OBE(C) 1928 - 2008

Roger Vanderfield

2 October 2008
Roger Vanderfield was a man for many, if not all, seasons. He was a student of English history, a keen photographer, an avid philatelist, a doctor and hospital administrator, and a rugby referee and official. The last two - hospitals and rugby - were his vocations. More

Denis Halmagyi 1921 - 2008

Denis Halmagyi

19 September 2008
Denis Halmagyi survived the Nazis in World War II, fled from postwar communist Hungary and built a prominent career as a medical scientist in Britain, Australia and the US. Before intensive care units existed in hospitals, Halmagyi was creating animal models of the sort of catastrophic illness and injury that are treated in such units today, trying to work out why and how patients die. Before intensive care units existed in hospitals, Halmagyi was creating animal models of the sort of catastrophic illness and injury that are treated in such units today, trying to work out why and how patients die. He reached several counter-intuitive conclusions, mostly ignored at the time, but which have since influenced intensive care treatments. More


Clair Isbister CBE OBE 1915 - 2008

Clair Isbister with her fellow medical students in 1938

26 August 2008
Clair Isbister wrote to the then prime minister John Howard two years ago offering 10 reasons why he would lose the next election. After Kevin Rudd led Labor to power, she congratulated him, pointing out that his education would have helped - they had attended the same school at Eumundi in Queensland. More

Mark Shanahan AO 1932 - 2008

Mark Shanahan with his protege Victor Chang

9 August 2008
Mark Shanahan was a young and naive medical student when he first put his finger inside a human heart. Shanahan had hung around the emergency department and operating rooms at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, where Dr Harry Windsor had allowed him to touch a beating heart. A few days later, Shanahan held a patient's lungs to one side while Windsor exposed the heart, put his finger inside and enlarged the opening in the mitral valve. "Would you like to put your finger in and feel the valve?" Windsor asked the young student. The experience began a brilliant career. More

Frank Mills AO 1910 - 2008

Frank Mills

6 August 2008
On the morning of April 6, 2008, there died a man of modesty and achievement, one who had lived joyfully and generously. His surgical influence, survival skills and pleasure in life are worth remembering. The things he did made many Australians deeply grateful, for he was uncommonly adroit at salvaging people’s lives. Frank described his childhood as idyllic, free and full of adventure. He claimed never to have worn shoes until he went to school. He fished and swam, climbed trees, shot rabbits, ate shellfish and played with the local children. He won a scholarship to Wollongong High and went on to the University of Sydney to study medicine. More


Thomas Stapleton 1920 - 2007

Tom Stapleton was appointed as Professor of Child Health at the University of Sydney in 1960, a position he occupied until 1983. During that time he was Director of the Institute of Child Health until its closure in 1982 and was an Honorary Physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. More

Reginald Bowman 1922 -2007

17 March 2009
Reginald Bowman who died on 13 December 2007, was a gentleman in every aspect of the word. He was born on 4 October 1922 at 469 Oxford Street, Sydney, into a medical family in which his grandfather, father, and mother were graduates of the University of Sydney. More

Coll Fisher 1935 - 2008

Coll Fisher

20 January 2008
Coll Fisher was a popular obstetrician who was at the centre of many of the changes in the care of pregnant women for almost 40 years. Concerned about the rising caesarean birth rate - topical again now - early in his career, he deplored the defensive obstetrics engendered by increasing litigation from the 1970s and was critical, always politely and with laconic humour, of colleagues with excessively high caesarean rates. More


Ralph Reader CMG 1918 - 2008

Ralph Reader

18 January 2008
Fifty years ago heart patients in Australia were treated as delicate invalids and prescribed prolonged bed rest. Few people disagreed with the belief that heart trouble went hand in hand with age. Yet heart attacks, heart failure and strokes were killing people in what seemed like epidemic proportions, accounting for two-thirds of all deaths. At a conference in 1959 at the Australian National University, which the prime minister, Robert Menzies, addressed enthusiastically, a group of prominent people resolved to form the National Heart Foundation. Ralph Reader became the foundation's first director in 1961 and led it for 20 years. More

Roland A G (Rag) Holmes AM 1918 - 2007

Rag Holmes

3 July 2007
Many people have endured ragging about their name. For Roland Adrian Glennie Holmes, it became more literal than for most of them. "Rag", as his friends knew him, was a country doctor for everyone. He was witty, literary, musical, deeply passionate and caring. His legendary wit became evident early in life. On hearing his father ask that his salad be "just leaves and no dressing", Rag responded: "Who do you think you are, Dad? Adam?" Rag was six then. He defused potentially difficult situations with humour and goodwill for the rest of his life. More

Babette Stephens 1922 - 2007

Prosectors 1942-1943

26 May 2007
In her work as a GP in Northbridge, Dr Babette Stephens didn't just treat her patients, she sometimes helped out by putting on a load of washing when she thought it necessary for the patient's wellbeing. In return, sharing the responsibilities of a 24-hour-a day practice with care for her family often necessitated that she seek babysitting assistance from patients' relatives. More


Gerald Milton AO 1924 - 2007

Gerald Milton

9 May 2007
If any disease could be tagged to Australia as a special medical challenge, it would most likely be melanoma, the scourge of a fair-skinned people populating a land meant for the dark-skinned. Gerald White Milton, born in another sunlit place, Calcutta, became the distinguished surgeon and academic who took up the challenge. Becoming president of the Surgical Research Society of Australasia in 1963, Milton turned his attention to melanoma, the prevalent problem attracting little research. Milton saw an opportunity to establish first-class treatment in Australia, which had the highest incidence of melanoma in the world. More