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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Anthony M. Oxley (Tony to the many people who knew him) on 8th September 2013. He was 71.
Tony Oxley was connected with the medical photography and illustration profession for many years and there will be a huge number of people who have very fond and affectionate memories of him.
Tony was one of the two Honorary Life Members of IMI and played a very active role in IMBI, then IMI, from the 1970s onwards, supporting members, the Institute’s activities and conferences. Tony received the Norman K. Harrison medal in 1983 from Gabriel Donald, who was Chair at that time. He introduced the ‘Kodak Awards to IMBI’ in 1983 and always promoted photographic standards within the profession.
Tony was also a stalwart supporter of the Royal Photographic Society Medical Group and served variously as Committee member, Secretary and Chairman over a long period of time. He received their Chairman’s Award for services to the Medical Group on two separate occasions.
Tony and his wife, Thelma, lived in Hemel Hempstead close to Kodak Limited, where he worked in their Medical Division for many years before setting up his own business and consultancy, supporting audiovisual presentations and conferences around the UK for medical institutions, colleges and companies.
Tony Oxley was a true English gentleman – extremely considerate, thoughtful and kind to everyone. He has helped innumerable people over the years in both professional and personal matters. He travelled the UK extensively with his work, for Kodak and as an individual and was known and welcomed in every medical illustration department he visited. His knowledge of film, processes, chemistry, radiography, invisible radiation and other specialist areas, was exceptional and his advice was sought continually; he was very thorough in his work and paid great attention to the smallest detail. Nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble for him.
He will be greatly missed and the profession has lost a great supporter and friend. Our sincere condolences go to Thelma and their extended family and friends.
A private family funeral is taking place towards the end of September at Kirby Wharfe, North Yorkshire, where Tony will be buried in the same plot as his parents. A memorial service and celebration of his life will also take place on Friday 18th October at 2.30 p.m., at St John's Parish Church, Station Road, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1JY, to which all his friends and colleagues are warmly invited.