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Obituary Anthony M Oxley - 1942-2013
- Published 15th October 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Anthony M Oxley on September 8th 2013, aged 71.
Born January 1942 in Summit, New Jersey, following the death of his RAF fighter pilot father, who sadly he never met.
Tony returned to England with his mother on the Queen Mary in1947 which imbued in him a love of travel on the great ocean liners.
In 1959 he joined Kodak Ltd to assist David Mitchell as a Medical Marketing Specialist at the company headquarters in Kingsway, London. After a study course with the London School of Medical Photography, Tony travelled the country widely and quickly gained the respect of the many medical photographic departments he visited.
Those were the days of the IBP, (as it was then,) Final Examinations in Medical Photography, the practical of which was held mainly on Kodak premises. Tony worked tirelessly with the organisers to see that everything ran smoothly and that the candidates were supplied with all their needs – including a kindly shoulder upon which some distraught female candidates sometimes found solace!
The Royal Photographic Society Medical Group Committee provided a great focus for Tony, as Member, Secretary and Chairman, spanning about forty years. He was awarded the Chairman’s Award twice and was made a Life Member of the Society.
The Institute of Medical Illustrators awarded Tony with its highest honour, the Norman Harrison Medal, and also Honorary Life Membership, for services rendered.
On leaving Kodak in the 80’s, he established his own conference support consultancy, providing audiovisual services to medical institutions, colleges and companies. All his clients recognised and appreciated his impeccable professional standards and personal integrity.
Tony married Thelma, another Kodak employee, in 1973 and lived close to Hemel Hempstead and the Grand Union canal, where he moored his beloved narrow boat.
Tony had a natural charm that is rare today. He was everybody’s friend, whatever their station in life. He was a perfectionist and involved himself enthusiastically in everything he undertook.
Tony Oxley will be greatly missed by his professional colleagues and multitude of friends. All our sincere condolences go to Thelma and his extended family, for their untimely loss.
Ray Phillips Hon FRPS