Tributes to College Dean Who Lost Her Cancer Fight

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Tributes have been paid to the former Dean of Warwick Medical School, Professor Yvonne Carter, who has died after a five-year battle with breast cancer.

The 50-year-old, who died on Tuesday, was Dean from 2004 until she was forced to retire due to her failing health in July.

Prof Carter was diagnosed with her illness shortly after she arrived at Warwick but her refusal to give in to her illness meant that she was able to continue working until July. She was also the Pro-Vice Chancellor for the University between 2007 and 2009.

She was one of the best-known medical academics of recent times. A working GP for more than 20 years, she combined a punishing schedule of meetings, clinics, lectures and official dinners with an impressive portfolio of medical research and an inspirational style of management.

Under her leadership Warwick Medical School quickly developed into an innovative centre for research and education.

Prof Carter successfully led the school through the demanding General Medical Council quality assurance process to gain independent medical degree awarding status.

During her time at Warwick, Professor Carter was also named the CBI's First Woman of Science in 2006 and appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of the West Midlands in 2008. In the same year she was awarded a Coventry City Council good citizen award and this year received a CBE for services to medical education, building on the OBE she received for services to health services research in 2000.

More locally, she was also an honorary consultant in primary care at Coventry Teaching PCT and a non-executive director and vice-chair at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. …