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Richard Horwitz undertook his initial medical training in Cape Town. After emigrating to England in 1978 he completed training in radiology at Oxford before becoming a consultant radiologist for Wycombe and Amersham Hospitals in 1984. Richard was an excellent general radiologist and acquired new skills as the specialty developed, mastering all modalities but pursuing a special interest in breast imaging. He was a very caring, conscientious doctor, a true gentleman, and an excellent, well respected colleague.
As well as a huge clinical workload, Richard took on several management roles, including first clinical director of radiology, chairman of the ethics committee, and medical director of South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust. He was a driving force behind the extension and modernisation of the radiology department and setting up the breast screening service in 1989; under his leadership the first satellite unit in a general practice was set up at Princes Risborough. Committees he chaired always ran on time, although he listened courteously to all contributions before summing up with great insight and clarity.
Outside medicine Richard was a devoted family man and quietly very proud of his children's many achievements. He had many interests and was a skilled cabinet maker, loved walking in the Chilterns, and frequently enjoyed music and the theatre. All who knew him were deeply saddened that he did not live to enjoy his imminent retirement. He leaves his wife, Mary, and two children, William and Ruth.
Consultant radiologist South Buckinghamshire (b 1947; q Cape Town 1972; FRCR), died suddenly on 18 July 2007.