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On leaving school David joined the Royal Air Force, where he had a brilliant career culminating in being deputy leader of the fly past for the Queen's coronation in 1953. Tragically he developed diabetes which necessitated a change of career. After graduation he became senior registrar and lecturer in pathology at Dundee Medical School. Later he was appointed consultant pathologist in Hull. When president of Hull Medical Society in 1987, he gave a fascinating presidential address on weather forecasting. He was elected an honorary member of the society in September 2006.
David's pawky sense of humour will be sorely missed by his many friends. He was diagnosed as having an oat cell tumour only at the beginning of January 2007.
He is survived by his wife, Gillian; their two sons and two daughters; and nine grandchildren.