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BMJ. 2007 July 21; 335(7611): 163.
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Ywan Anthony

The only child of a vet and a nurse, Ywan Anthony was brought up bilingual in Welsh and English in the west Midlands. He was one of five in his year at Stourbridge King Edward VI School to study medicine in Birmingham. Following house jobs in Birmingham he studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for the DPH and then took a short term commission in the army. He spent three very happy years initially posted to Chester then Shrewsbury. It was at this time that he developed his interest in sailing (a GP14 naturally and later in a Flying Fifteen), which was to be a major relaxation for him throughout his life.

He left the army in 1963 and after working as a locum in West Bromwich, with Dr Betty Thomason, took up a post as a junior partner in Hall Green, Birmingham. The job involved him, his wife, Clare, and two small children living “above the shop,” and with the long on call hours expected of a junior partner in those days it did not prove fulfilling.

In 1967 he was approached by an old medical school friend, Ron Lea, and asked to become a partner at the Park Medical Centre in Small Heath, Birmingham, with Ron and Geoff Harrison. This was the beginning of a happy partnership which was to last until Ywan's retirement in 1994.

Ywan was a hard working, conscientious, and dedicated general practitioner. He particularly enjoyed his antenatal clinics and also became a well respected GP trainer, as well as working for the local bus company City Transport. Quietly spoken, never angry, and never saying an unkind word about anyone, he was always unhurried—a very gentle man.

Outside work he relaxed by sailing in Shropshire, caravanning and listening to music, particularly opera.

Soon after his retirement at the age of 60 he developed the first signs of the Parkinson's disease which was to gradually restrict him. He bore his illness with fortitude, never complaining, even at the very end.

He leaves a wife, Clare; a son (a general practitioner) and a daughter; and five grandchildren.


Former general practitioner east Birmingham (b 1934; q Birmingham 1957; MRCGP, DPH), died from Parkinson's disease on 16 January 2007.

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