Between Christmas and New Year 2017, we were desperately saddened at the tragic loss of one of our team members – Adrian Root. Adrian was both a general practitioner and an epidemiologist and was working on various projects using electronic health records mostly answering questions about the effects of medications. His positive outlook, kindness and integrity brought a huge amount to the EHR group, the department and the wider School. His research, teaching and wider academic contributions were of the highest standards and were always carried out with utmost professionalism and with a smile: a wonderful combination.
We also knew Adrian as something of a research ideas machine, and usually just 10 or 15 minutes chatting with him would lead to well thought out studies. What’s important is, they didn’t just stay as ideas, they actually got planned and done.
Aside from research, Adrian patiently led the school choir and could readily adapt pretty much anything for our enthusiastic if slightly limited capabilities. We thought the arrival of baby Harry might slow him down, but no, onwards came new scores for monumental hits like Don’t Stop Me Now, Living on a Prayer and What a Wonderful World!
Even after enduring a terrible illness for many years, Adrian never failed to bring his smile, warmth and generosity to the group. He was much loved, and we miss him, but his inspiration will stay with us for a long time to come.