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BMJ. 2007 June 16; 334(7606): 1279.
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Stuart Gordon Adam Forsyth

Stuart Forsyth was brought up by his grandfather, a rural singlehanded general practitioner, and after education at Dauntseys School, Pembroke College, Cambridge, and University College Hospital Medical School, he decided on a career in group practice. After an assistantship with a private doctor in London, in 1949 he became the fourth partner in the largest practice in Tonbridge, where he soon built up a substantial personal list of patients. Being particularly interested in the care of children, he gained the diploma of child health in mid-career. For many years Stuart stood in for the consultant paediatrician at Pembury Hospital in his absence. He also helped in the training of Red Cross and St John Ambulance volunteers. Outside medicine Stuart was very involved in the musical life of Tonbridge, regularly playing the flute in the Tonbridge Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he was later president, and serving as chairman of the Tonbridge Musical Society. Holidays were spent energetically hill walking.

After his retirement from practice in 1987 he gained the diploma in philosophy of the University of Kent and actively supported the Tonbridge Old People's Society, later Age Concern. The hall in which they meet was named after him.

Many doctors and their families trusted Stuart with their care and were saddened that his last years were clouded by illness. He leaves a wife, Jean, who was a fellow student at UCH, and five children.


Former general practitioner Tonbridge, Kent (b 1922; q Cambridge/University College Hospital, London, 1945; DCH), d 12 March 2007.

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