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Michael Kingsley Williams (“Mike”) did not regret the decision to switch from engineering to medicine during his time at Merton College, Oxford (where he played hockey and rugby, and did athletics). Educated at Kingswood School, Bath, he qualified from St Mary’s and joined the medical unit with Professor Stan Peart. He spent a period as medical officer at Chloride Batteries, Manchester, then entered the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, obtaining his DM with a thesis on lead toxicity in 1968.
A chance conversation in the hockey club changing room led him to buy a house in Ashtead, Surrey. He was asked to apply for the chair in occupational medicine at the London school but decided against an academic career and happened on the Ashtead surgery, where he subsequently enjoyed many happy years as general practitioner and GP trainer. He continued an interest in occupational health, visiting Exide Batteries, Dagenham, on alternate Fridays. Music played a large part in his life, and he played clarinet at St Mary’s (on winning a chamber music contest he was presented with a silver cup engraved “Show Jumping 1st place, Ypres 1919”). He co-founded the Bowden Symphony Orchestra, but most of his life he played in the Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra.
He married his second cousin Judy in 1965, and they had four children, the eldest a rheumatologist. After retirement in 1996 and Judy’s death in 1997 he worked as a local councillor. He was just beginning to find Parkinson’s disease and degenerative disc disease tiresome when he died of heart failure after a short illness.
Former general practitioner Ashtead, Surrey (b 25 April 1929; q Oxford/St Mary’s Hospital, London, 1958; DM, MA(Engin Sci), DObstRCOG, DIH, MRCGP), died from heart failure on 21 August 2007.