Posted by: paulgarner | May 8, 2012

BMJ on Terry Hamblin

In January I noted the sad passing of leading haematologist and BCS Vice-President, Professor Terry Hamblin. Ned Stafford’s recent obituary in the British Medical Journal pays tribute to him. Unfortunately it’s behind a paywall, but here are a few extracts:

Daniel Catovsky, emeritus professor at the UK’s Institute of Cancer Research, says, “He was a great man, always cheerful, and the centre of attention for his jokes and anecdotes. Concern for patients was always his priority.” Catovsky adds: “Terry Hamblin was one of the best minds in clinical research.”

Hamblin’s contributions include helping pioneer new types of treatments such as plasmapheresis, anti-idiotype therapy, peripheral blood autologous stem cell transplantation, and DNA vaccines. His most important research focused on myelodysplasia and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).

Hamblin’s Christian faith was a major part of his life. He served as vice president of the Biblical Creation Society and spent more than 20 years in leadership at Lansdowne Baptist Church in Bournemouth as deacon, elder and lay preacher. David Oscier, consultant haematologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, describes him as “a devout Christian with strongly held beliefs which he never sought to impose on those who did not share them.”

He published his last blog entry on 6 December 2011, under the title “John 8:29-30: The Trinity.” The brief blog began: “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him. Even as he spoke, many believed in him.”

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