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BMJ. 2007 October 20; 335(7624): 831.
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Stanley Norman Cole

Stanley trained at Dulwich College and Guy's Hospital. At the start of the second world war he joined the Royal Navy, eventually serving on the air craft carrier HMS Implacable, when it brought prisoners of war from the Far East home to Britain.

After the war he served as a registrar at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, and took this experience to general practice in Guildford, where together with Sister Immaculate of the Franciscan order he founded the Mount Alvernia maternity service. The patient paid for Mount Alvernia's services, while Stanley and his colleagues managed the pregnancy and delivery (including forceps and ventouse) under the NHS.

After the Theatre in the Round was built Whitaker A, Cobb, Cole, Starte, and Whitaker J followed suit with one of the first purpose built surgeries, Dapdune House, also designed in the round (BMJ 1967).

Stanley was a founding fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners; he worked on several committees and became provost of the South East Faculty in 1968. He retired from general practice in 1981.

He was married to Margaret, who died six years before him, for nearly 60 years, and they had two daughters and four grandchildren, two of whom are doctors. At his best he played golf off 6, and was variously a member of West Hill, Hankley, and West Surrey, where he became captain.

Stanley was considered by all who knew him as a “true gentleman” and one of the old school of general practitioners who committed their lives to their patients. His smile and humour will be missed by all.


Former general practitioner Guildford (b 9 November 1915; q Guy's Hospital, London, 1938), d 12 July 2007, aged 91.

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