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but individual patient lists and income, it is a common model now, but was quite innovative in the early 1960s, when almost all GPs were sole practitioners. J H retired in 1965, although he continued to practise with a small list as a consultant until his death in 1980, and David and Val continued in partnership with between three and five others until David left to move into industry in 1980. Val continued at Court Road until her retirement in 1995. Barry has three chemical factories in town. As part of his practice, David provided an out-sourced consultant occupational medical service to those factories. During the 1970s an increased incidence of liver disease was spotted by David and a couple of other GPs in town amongst the process workers in the factories, and David made particular study of this. After some detailed investigation, he pinned the cause on part of the Vinyl Chloride Monomer production in the factories. His work had two consequences – he caused the factories to change their production methods significantly, to eliminate the cause, and in 1977 he secured his MD from the University of Wales –

games and sport of almost any sort, although there is photographic evidence that he ran with the SES Harriers, and he rowed for the Barry Rowing club into his mid-20s. He enjoyed his time there enough to send Jonathan, his son and the writer of this obituary, there in the mid-70s. He left St Edward’s in 1953, with offers to study Medicine at Selwyn College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Oxford, both deferred until after National Service but, failing the medical for National Service (terrible eyesight) he instead went to the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff, where he qualified in 1960. While he was there he was Union President and, more importantly, he met Val, his future wife, who was also studying Medicine, and proposed in 1956. They married in 1961, once they were qualified, and their two children, Jonathan and Anna, were born in 1963 and 1964. David and Val went into partnership with David’s father, J H Williams, forming the foundation of the Court Road Group Practice in Barry, which was one of the first Group General Practices in the country. Run on the model of a barrister’s chambers, with shared facilities and staff,

newspaper for the Diocese of Oxford. In 2003, in recognition of the contribution he had made, he was made a member of the Order of St Frideswide in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. At St Edward’s, Tim developed his talent for sport and this was to remain an interest for many years. He was Captain of the Selwyn College Hockey team and later played in local cricket, tennis and hockey teams. He married Margaret in 1960 and they had three children. One of the many interests that Margaret and Tim shared was travel; their most adventurous trip was to Venezuela, where Tim’s father was born. Following Margaret’s death, Tim returned to Edinburgh in 2003. He soon became an active member of the congregation at Rosslyn Chapel, serving as Vestry Secretary, Sacristan and Warden. He continued to enjoy travel and as well as being well-placed to explore the Scottish Highlands and the Outer Hebrides, he also travelled further afield to destinations such as Canada and Bhutan. Tim died in May 2020 at the age of 86, following a long illness. He is survived by his brother Robin and by his three children and three grandchildren. On 5th March 2020, Dr David Michael Jeremy Williams (G, 1948-1953). Father of Jonathan (G, 1976-1981). David was born in Barry, South Wales in February 1935, where his father was a local GP. An only child, he attended prep school in Gloucestershire and, in 1948, went to St Edward’s, joining Segar’s house. He credited St Edward’s with giving him his lifelong aversion to organised religion and organised WILLIAMS, DAVID (1935-2020)

North Hatley in the summer. In both sports he revelled and giggled when able to outsmart his opponents with his “trick shots”. He loved to laugh, loved his family and loved to take his afternoon “siestas”. The family would like to thank all the staff from the Wales Home for their outstanding care during the last year of Keith’s life. His final words a month before his passing were “My darling Jane”. On 20th May 2020, Timothy Peter Russian (A, 1947-1953). Brother of Robin (A, 1945- 1950). Tim left St Edward’s in 1953 and went up to Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he studied Natural Sciences. After leaving Cambridge, Tim carried out National Service in the Royal Air Force, where he trained in air traffic control. He knew at a very early stage that this was the right career for him and on leaving the RAF, he undertook civilian training and became a controller at Edinburgh airport, a post he held for nine years. This was followed by four years as a controller at Barton Hall, near Preston, until its closure in 1975. He subsequently moved south to lead operations at the London Air Traffic Centre before taking on a senior role in the Civil Aviation Authority where he played an important part in shaping airspace policy ahead of the rapid expansion in aircraft movement. Tim retired in 1988. During retirement he was a consultant for various aviation projects, including plans for future airports and runways and the siting of mobile phone masts near airports. He gave a lot of time to the church. As well as being churchwarden at St Mary’s Church, Long Crendon, he was the first business editor of The Door , the official RUSSIAN, TIMOTHY (1933-2020)


St Edward’s Harriers Team 1952


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