Lives of the fellows

Ian David Allan Peacock

b.29 July 1950 d.20 June 2013
MB BChir Cantab(1974) MRCP(1977) MD(1985) FRCP(1994) LLM Northumbria(2004)

Ian Peacock was a consultant general physician with an interest in diabetes and endocrinology at Derby Royal Infirmary. He was born in Leicester. Although he did not come from a medical background, his father, Allan Walter Chadway Peacock, was a pharmacist. His mother was Eileen Elizabeth Peacock. Ian was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and then Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read medicine. He subsequently completed his clinical studies at the London Hospital, Whitechapel, qualifying MB BChir in 1974.

After junior hospital posts in London, Slough, Derby and Nottingham, he was a research fellow to Robert Tattersall at the University Hospital Nottingham. His research into the management of poorly controlled diabetes led to an MD from the University of Cambridge in 1985 (‘The difficult choice of treatment for poorly controlled maturity onset diabetes: tablets or insulin?’ Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1984 Jun 30;288[6435]:1956-9). He was also interested in the development of a blood test for haemoglobin A1C (HbA1c), to assess diabetic control, and in the management of diabetes in pregnancy, and was involved with one of the early joint diabetic/obstetric antenatal clinics in Nottingham. He also contributed to setting up the Nottingham Diabetes Register with Tony Hedley, Robert Tattersall, Simon Allison and Ray Jones, a pioneering step in diabetes IT at that time. Ian was subsequently a senior registrar to H L (‘Bertie’) Matthews [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XII, web], who was the last of a line of truly ‘general’ physicians at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Ian was appointed to the staff of Derbyshire Royal Infirmary in 1986, as a general physician with an interest in diabetes and endocrinology. The diabetic service in Derby was in need of development and Ian relished innovation. He established diabetic care in the community, in association with GPs, with support from diabetic nurse practitioners. His main contribution to medicine in Derby was in diabetes, and he developed foot care, antenatal care and diabetic care in the young and elderly. He was aware of the psychological problems associated with diabetes, particularly in younger diabetics, and obtained support from Chris Gillespie, a consultant clinical psychologist, who subsequently became a close personal friend. The Derby diabetic unit, under the direction of Ian Peacock, was one of the 23 original centres involved in the UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) trial. Ian was a quiet industrious man who was calm, kind and well-liked by his patients. He gained his fellowship of the RCP in 1994.

Unfortunately, Ian had to retire prematurely from clinical medicine in 2001, due to poor health. He subsequently developed an interest in medico-legal work and studied medical law, leading to the award of a degree from Northumbria University in 2004. Thereafter, he became engaged in medico-legal work, with an interest in soft tissue injuries.

Outside medicine Ian was good company, and will be fondly remembered by hospital colleagues from many disciplines. In his younger years, he was a keen hockey player and subsequently enjoyed walking, climbing and travel. With his friend Chris Gillespie, he climbed the six highest mountains in the British Isles and went on climb in the Himalayas and Patagonia.

Ian died suddenly. He had been previously married to Judy and was also survived by his three children Stuart, Lauren and Tom.

Michael Millar-Craig

[BMJ 2013 347 5983]

(Volume XII, page web)

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