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BMJ. 2007 October 20; 335(7624): 831.
PMCID: PMC2034703

Julian Edmund Christopher Tower

Julian Tower read classics at Cambridge for one year and sang in King's College Chapel choir under Boris Ord before he was called up in 1940.

He joined the Royal Navy and served in HMS Valiant at the landings in Italy and Sicily. Later, he saw service in the escort carrier HMS Shah in the Indian and Pacific oceans.

On being demobbed in 1946 he returned to Cambridge to read medicine; enjoyed playing his flute and joined CUMS.

He came from a musical family and developed a passion for music that was to sustain him throughout his life.

His working life as senior partner in the Headcorn practice came to an end in 1985. And three years later he had added an Open University degree in humanities to his list of achievements.

He conducted Cranbrook and District Choral Society from 1960 to 1985, with one short break. In 1990, on moving north with his wife, June, Julian became a committee member of the Westmorland Music Council, and sang in the Kendal South Choir. Julian was one of the Quaker Tapestry Trustees and a volunteer steward for many years. He was a member of the Romney Society, and kept up his fluent French with a local group.

A modest man of deep integrity, he was always an enthusiastic participator in anything he undertook ; his dignified professionalism always combined with his kindly good humour and warmth of spirit, will be sadly missed.

His other interests included fell walking, sailing, and travel. Predeceased by a son, he leaves a wife, June; three children; and eight grandchildren.


Former general practitioner Headcorn, Kent (b Cambridge 1920; q Cambridge/St Thomas' Hospital 1953; MRCGP), died from cerebral metastases (unknown primary) on 5 June 2007.

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