SAD NEWS: Dr Beryl Howie passes away


Dr Beryl Howie.

Ludhiana, December 5, 2012: We are sorry to be sharing the sad news of the passing of Dr Beryl Howie on Saturday evening, December 1, 2012, says a release issued by CMCH, Ludhiana here today.

The funeral service is to be held in Greyfriars Church, Auckland today at 2 p.m.  She is deeply loved and we will miss her very much, the release further says. 

Dr. Beryl Overton Howie (DSc Otago, FRCS, FRCRG, FRACOG), passed away peacefully at Caughey Preston Ventnor Home on December 1, 2012, aged 88. Beryl was a very talented and capable person who had a great influence on a tremendous number of people, professionally and personally. It flowed from her experience of coming to know Jesus as a student, and from her commitment to serve him throughout her life.

She formed a wide circle of loyal friendships, which included her students, and continued to follow them up in her prayers and with great interest over many years. She had great vitality and love for life, nourished by her daily walk with God and her never-failing trust in Him through all circumstances. It was in response to a clear call of God that she came to Ludhiana. At CMC, in the light of the needs of village India and of the calling of the Christian Hospitals to serve the poor, she was committed to training students how to provide quality care even though resources might be meagre, using clinical acumen and sound grasp of contemporary knowledge. She tried to act with integrity, and her chief concern was to follow the truth where it led, rather than be caught in party spirit and loyalties- which required courage!

Her patients knew that she loved them and would do everything she could for them, and they loved her for it. “We are so grateful to God for Beryl, and for the way we have all been enriched through her experience of His love in her life.  Her students are spread all over the world doing excellent work in the field of Ob and Gynae.  She served CMC, Ludhiana from 1959 to 1981 as Professor and Head of Ob and Gynae”, further says the release.

A Memorial Service will be held in the CMC Hospital Chapel, on Thursday December 6, 2012 at 4.30 pm.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012