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After national service in the Royal Engineers, Graham Somerville decided to follow his father and his brother by studying medicine at Edinburgh. He went to Nassau, the Bahamas, with his wife and two young daughters for junior hospital posts for two years. He returned to Hull to join his father and brother as a general practitioner in 1963. In 1974 he realised that he had early symptoms of Parkinson's disease but with treatment was able to continue working until 1986, when he retired as a result of his increasing disability. For a few years he was able to indulge in his hobbies, including antiques. However, the gradual progression of the Parkinson's disease resulted in increasing handicap. The terminal stage was precipitated by a skin infection. He leaves a wife, Josie; three children; and nine grandchildren.