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BMJ. 2007 July 21; 335(7611): 163.
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John Robert Bentley Turner

Raised in Hull, John Turner was educated at Hymers College but to his mother's disapproval, he chose medicine rather than the family's laundry business (Bentley's). After qualifying he did his national service in the Fleet Air Arm and postgraduate training in the Leeds hospitals, where he met theatre sister Jean Williamson, whom he married in 1956.

John was held in very high regard by his patients and colleagues as a general physician and cardiologist but especially by general practitioner colleagues, for whom he did a prodigious number of home visits. He was the epitome of W H Auden's doctor, “An endomorph with gentle hands.” He was a talented squash player, winning the Yorkshire Plate on two occasions. In later years he seemed a most unlikely match opponent but he would stand on the T and hit the ball anywhere he wished easily beating much younger players. He stopped playing squash at 56, when he suffered an inferior myocardial infarction on court. John's main passion was cricket; he was a life member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, serving on the committee from 1975 to 1984, and, in his own words, “treasured his membership of the MCC as much as his FRCP.” He travelled the world following cricket, in recent years despite deteriorating cardiac function, and died at his beloved Headingley at the test as Vaughan was nearing a century. He leaves his wife, Jean; three sons (one a general practitioner) and a daughter; and eight grandchildren.


Consultant general physician and cardiologist Pontefract General Infirmary, 1968-90 (b 1930; q Leeds 1954; FRCP), died from ischaemic heart disease on 25 May 2007.

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