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Eric has decided to hang up his stethoscope. He has retired from private practice anaesthesiology.

Eric graduated from UCT Medical School in 1969. He obtained his Specialist Degree in anaesthesiology in 1974 (FFA South Africa).

From 1975 to 1980 he worked at Groote Schuur and Tygerberg Hospitals with a special interest in the respiratory units at both institutions.

In 1979, together with Stephen O’Keefe, he started the Parenteral Nutrition Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Eric entered private practice in 1980 with Jenkins and Partners.

1990: Eric was one of the founder members of Southern Anaesthetics and became their first Chairperson. This position he held for a number of years. He did not let go of his academic interests and for many years he continued at Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

In 1992, together with Dr Roger Melvill (Neurosurgeon), he went to Seattle, USA. There they studied and trained in Awake Craniotomies. Together they established a very highly specialised Neurosurgical Unit at Constantiaberg Hospital. This unit is one of the only in Africa offering patients surgical treatment of epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, awake craniotomy and numerous other cutting edge neurosurgical procedures.

Eric has been a very important member of the Cape Town medical fraternity both in Private as well as State medicine. He continued his academic interests and has helped and educated many of us.

Besides his medical career Eric has many interests. An extremely keen mountaineer, sport enthusiast (especially rugby having engaged with the late Dr Cecil Moss on how rugby should be played), rock climbing and kayaking.

His presence will be missed in the operating theatres and the academic journal club meetings held every month at Southern Anaesthetics. Thank you Eric for the rich contributions you have made to anaesthesiology and to us, your colleagues and friends.

Barry Penn