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Tributes From ARTP Members

Dr. Brendan Cooper, Chair of ARTP SLEEP & Consultant Clinical ScientistQueen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

30th May 2013

As Chair of ARTP SLEEP, I regret to inform you of the death last night of Dr Lyn Davies, the founder of  Stowood Scientific Instruments (SSI) who will be familiar to many members who have been involved with sleep apnoea diagnostics & treatments.  Lyn was the drive, science and physics behind SSI VisiLab, Oximetry Download software, Greyflash, SteerClear, and many more systems involved with sleep apnoea. He had a close friendship and working relationship with Professor John Stradling, with whom he worked brilliantly together on many of the SSI projects. He was probably most famous to ARTP for his fabulous Welsh singing voice which took the ARTP Conference by storm a few years ago when he performed “Delilah” to a standing ovation on a fun karaoke night.  He was in fact a very accomplished male voice chorister and was part of a singing group that has entertained many people in the Oxford area over the years.

Lyn was sadly diagnosed with advanced liver cancer only two months ago and has deteriorated very rapidly since then.  I was notified late last week that he was very ill and managed to get a personal message to him on behalf of all colleagues and friends in ARTP.

His support of ARTP over the years has been fantastic and he made a huge impact on the diagnosis of sleep disorders and education to (sometimes clueless) clinical staff on how to offer a good sleep apnoea service!  What I have always enjoyed was his smartness and sense of humour, and the little wink when he was winding someone up!  I have always loved his ribbing over the 6 Nations Rugby which many enjoyed on the ARTP Forum. I can remember a few years ago, when there was a flurry of Welsh language banter on the ARTP Forum, I contacted Lyn off-forum and he provided me with a surprise reply in Welsh for the Forum! He was always good fun and very thoughtful. I think what endeared him to most ARTP members was that as a scientist – he was one of us!

I thanked him for all the laughs, wonderful singing, good conversation and his business bit as well!  I have proposed to the ARTP Board that we establish a Lyn Davies Award for ARTP SLEEP members at Conference in 2014. I think it is important that he will not be forgotten by those who have had the privilege to work with him, and by many thousands who have benefited from his contribution to UK healthcare.  We would welcome ideas from ARTP SLEEP members as to what the award should be for, and who should be eligible.

“And death shall have no dominion……..” Dylan Thomas.  (The heroic acts of mankind will live on even after death strikes)

Dr Lyn Davies  - gorffwys mewn heddwch (rest in peace) 

Aidan Laverty, Principal Clinical Physiologist - Lung Function & Sleep Unit, Great ormond Street Hospital

30th May 2013

Very sad and a shock at how sudden it was – Lyn was there as usual at the conference in January.

Lyn was involved from the early days of the sleep unit at GOS in the early-90s and Rod Lane & I relied on his knowledge many times over the past 20 years (and also enjoyed the phone calls where his dry wit was often a factor).  I remember him coming down one weekend to help Rod install the cabling for the Embla systems on the Sleep Unit.  At times like this one realises what a feature Lyn was on the sleep landscape and what a loss he will be.

It was a pleasure to know him.

Dr. Adrian Kendrick, Consultant Consultatn Scientist, Bristol Royal Infirmary

30th May 2013

A sad loss for everyone.

Rest In Peace

Kevin Hogben

30th May 2013

A sad loss to his family and the ARTP, One thing we can all say of sleep, it was one thing he could NEVER have done, His contribution to SLEEP must have taken 100% of his time.

A great character, friend to all the Commercial contacts and a person that had time for everyone.

Sadly to be missed for so many reasons.

Nigel Clayton, Chief Physiologist, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester

30th May 2013

A very sad day indeed.

I am sure many ARTP members and all conference exhibitors will have fond memories of Lyn. I certainly enjoyed many discussions at conference regarding the latest sleep technology that he  personally developed.   Without Lyn and his innovations in sleep technology many of us would not be using the many versions of oximetry download software we use today. He was a lovely knowledgeable  chap with great wealth of experience in the assessment and analysis of sleep and will sadly be missed all. 

Julie Lloyd, Principal Physiologist/Clinical Service Manager, Good Hope Hospital

30th May 2013

Very sad news indeed. His wisdom, wit and experience will be sorely missed and it was a pleasure to have known him. 

My thoughts are with his family and close friends.

Dr. Sue Revill, Former Head of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Sherwood Forest Hospitals

30th May 2013

Like others I was shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death of Lyn.

I knew Lyn for many years - including my formative years as a student technician at the City Hospital Nottingham, when Lyn worked for Medical Physics at the old General Hospital and then Queens Medical Centre - (he remembered by old boss Eileen Mullins).

More recently we had collaborated together to develop the HoXam oxygen database - initially he set a (very bright) MSc student, from Australia, onto the case. 

I admired his unassuming, calm manner and always thoughtful reasoning making the seemingly complex - simple. A big loss to the technical/physiological measurement world. I am truely sorry to have missed his singing.! Condolences to his wife, family and colleagues at Stowood Scientific.

And other tributes have been received from:

  • Damien Muncaster
  • Molly D
  • Christine Gilliland
  • Debbie Smith, Oxford Sleep and NIV Service
  • Dr. Vicky Cooper, Salford Royal Hospital
  • Mark Atkins

And many, many more...

“And death shall have no dominion……..”  Dylan Thomas

"Very sad and a shock at how sudden it was – Lyn was there as usual at the conference in January."

 "A sad loss for everyone. Rest in Peace"

"His wisdom, wit and experience will be sorely missed"

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