Reporter 446, 7 February 2000


Julia Oldham died on January 12 following a road traffic accident

Julia joined the University in 1980, as a trainee technician in medicine. She subsequently gained qualifications in computing and assumed responsibility for the departmentís new computing system. In 1992 Julia became research computing manager in the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Services Research. Her main responsibilities involved design and development of data collection systems for research projects. In parallel to this, Julia successfully completed part-time degrees of BSc in Mathematics and MSc in Health Information Management.

In 1998 she was appointed as data manager in the academic unit of cardiovascular medicine. Most recently, Julia developed key computer systems for the EMMACE, ADLIB and GRACE projects, which are studying the clinical care and genetic basis of heart attacks. The success of these endeavours had, and will continue to be, greatly enhanced by Juliaís many and varied contributions.

Her good humour and ready sense of fun were a noticeable and endearing asset that her many colleagues and friends will greatly miss. Condolences are offered to Juliaís family and in particular to Stephen, her husband. More

Gail Clarkson

Edwin J Redfern died on January 8

It was with a great sense of shock and sadness that the School of Mathematics learned of the sudden death of Ed Redfern over Christmas.

He was appointed in 1971 as a young lecturer in the Department of Statistics and was promoted to senior lecturer in 1993. His contributions to the department and the school were immense. Teaching was his first love and he was extremely popular with students.

He played a prominent role in research into modern teaching methods, including key contributions through the Royal Statistical Society. He was chairman of the schoolís IT committee, a co-ordinator for the ERASMUS programme and director of LUSS, the department's consultancy service.

His main research interest was time series, especially outliers and, more recently, spatial-temporal modelling. He was in great demand as a collaborator for interdisciplinary projects including medicine, mining, education and transport studies.

But it is as a colleague and a friend that Ed will be most sorely missed. Those of us who worked with him highly valued his companionship and enthusiasm. His loss is painfully felt and our thoughts are with his wife Jane and his sons Nicholas and Christopher.

John Kent

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