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William Stewart Ogden was known to his friends, colleagues, and patients as Bill Ogden. Bill went up to Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1948 to read natural sciences, where he was able to pursue his passions for medicine, rowing, rugby, and jazz. Bill started his medical career in ear, nose, and throat surgery at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, where he met his wife, Barbara, who was training as a nurse. He spent his two years of national service in the Royal Air Force; in 1957 he married Barbara and moved to Chalfont St Peter to start his lifelong career as a general practitioner. After he retired he spent 12 years as a locum general practitioner in west London.
Bill was involved in many other aspects of medicine: he was a founding member of the Chiltern Medical Society, belonged to the historical section of the Royal Society of Medicine, was chairman of the Aspirin Foundation, and acted as a consultant for a number of pharmaceutical companies. He had many other interests: he had been a good jazz pianist, was a keen tennis player, and was an avid supporter of Wasps rugby team. I first met Bill in 1982, when I joined his practice in Chalfont St Peter; we had 7000 patients between us.
Bill was an excellent doctor. He was a tremendous raconteur, and he had a sparking wit. It was a privilege to have been his partner, and I am proud to have been his colleague and friend. He leaves his wife, Barbara; his two daughters, Sue and Alison; and his son, Christopher.
Former general practitioner Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire (b 1930; q Cambridge/St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1954; MA), d 11 August 2007.