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Colin was proud of his Welsh mining background; a fine rugby player, he was selected for Welsh International Schoolboys. During his national service in Berlin he was the British medical officer at Spandau prison and looked after high ranking Nazi prisoners, including Hess, Schacht, Doenitz, and Speer.
His MD thesis on puerperal psychosis was a major contribution. In his hospital work he was a superb administrator and a realist who always put the interests of the patients first, and, though he had strong views, he was prepared to compromise. Colin also effectively looked after his colleagues' welfare as their BMA representative. Following retirement from the NHS he worked for many years as a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. Colin never fully recovered from the death of his wife, Ann, in 2006. He leaves three children and three grandchildren.
Former consultant psychiatrist St Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne (b 1929; q Sheffield 1953, MD, FRCPEd, FRCPsych, DPM), died from diabetic complications on 11 August 2007.