Obituary: Professor Geoffrey Rose

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The Independent Online
ONE of the most enduring memories for many of us privileged to know Geoffrey Rose is that of his clarity and precision, writes Professor Michael Oliver (further to the obituary by Bill Miall, 16 November). His lectures were a model of disciplined thinking and economic expression. His many writings were exact and based on fact.

The fields of epidemiology and prevention of heart disease have many zealots, usually prolix, and they greatly needed Geoffrey's calm, objective appraisals of contentious issues. He would look over his half-glasses and with characteristic modesty challenge an orthodox viewpoint by saying drily, 'You don't really believe that, do you?'