Ronnie, as he was universally and affectionately known, became one of most widely known figures in British social anthropology. With Cecil Helman and Ian Robinson, he set up the Brunel Masters in Medical Anthropology in 1989, which was the first in Europe, and enabled Ronnie to develop his long standing interests in the area. He was a key part of the degree, teaching over 200 Masters and doctoral students before reducing his teaching in 2000. His presence enabled Brunel to benefit from his encyclopaedic knowledge of medical anthropology in its broadest forms, and his scholarly approach was one which contributed especially to the success of the degree.
He will be sadly missed, but his approach lives on in Brunel anthropology.