24 Med. Sci. & L. 1 (1984)

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Med. Sc. Law (1984) Vol 24, No. 1 Printed in Great Britain


Editorial


By the time you receive your copy of the journal
it will be 1984, and might I on this occasion wish
you  the compliments  of the season and best
wishes for the forthcoming year. To those of
you who  are young members  of the Academy,
that is to say young in years rather than in
age, it is the twenty-fifth year of The British
Academy  of Forensic Sciences. It was on Friday,
4th September  1959, at the Ciba Foundation,
41, Portland  Place, London,  WI,  (by  kind
courtesy of the Foundation) that the first meet-
ing of the Steering Committee was held prior to
forming the Academy.  Now,  twenty-five years
later we still appear to have, on reflection, the
same problems  facing us as our elders and bet-
ters had in 1959, namely the total lack of interest
by many ordinary members  of the Academy and
total inactivity by many of our older members.
We  are totally dependent upon the hard core of
loyal supporters who may have been-be   they
still alive-members of that said Steering Com-
mittee, and Founder Members,  or early mem-
bers of the Academy. It is your Editor's sincere
hope that many  more of the younger members
of the Academy will show a more active interest
in the day-to-day affairs of this organization. On
innumerable occasions your Executive Council
has suggested and produced  excellent Annual
Scientific Meetings, particularly on subjects
specifically at the request of members of the legal


profession, who have generally been noticeable
by their absence when such meetings occurred.
The  paucity of members of the legal profession
in their attendance at anything other than knife
and fork occasions are well recorded. This year-
Olympic   Year-your   Executive Council  has
decided to run its Annual Scientific Meeting on
the theme  'Medicine, Science, Sport and the
Law'. It is interesting to note, however, that the
legal profession vis-d-vis sport and in particular
the Olympics  have been well represented both
actively and administratively. Let us sincerely
hope  that we will have the support of the legal
profession in this venture which has at present
the support of the British Olympic Association
and the Sports Council.
  However,  I have  to end my  editorial on a
most  serious note. It is with sincere regret that
I have to write the obituaries of two of our more
illustrious medical Past-Presidents; Professor
Trevor  N. C. Gibbens, CBE,  and Dr  William
A. R. ('Bill') Thomson, MD. They will be long
remembered  as pillars of this Academy. These
obituaries can be found on page 73.
  So  let us sincerely hope that our President,
The  Rt. Hon.  Lord *Justice Waller, OBE, can
look back on his Presidential year as being one
of the mile-stones in the history of The British
Academy   of Forensic Sciences.


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