In Loving Memory of

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Dr Ann Beckham (Roberts)

20/10/1959 – 09/06/2021

Dr Ann Roberts was a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist who worked in Hertfordshire from 1997 until 2019. The week before she died she started working for the Practitioner Health Service, using her married name of Dr Ann Beckham.

She led the Thumbswood Mother and Baby Unit which was established at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City which later moved to Harperbury near Radlett. During her time as a perinatal psychiatrist she was an active member of the Perinatal Faculty. She was also a medical manager, clinical supervisor and mentor.

Her father was a Educationalist who met her mother (a Kindergarten Teacher) while he was working as a Youth Leader for the British Council in Germany. They settled in England and had three children: Ann and her twin sister Dagmar, and a younger sister, Jill. At school she was a talented violin player, but chose to study medicine instead. She went to Girton College, Cambridge and then the London Hospital for clinical studies.

She initially pursued a career in general practice, completing her training in Harlow. She then decided to change path and started her psychiatry training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Welwyn Garden City before joining the St Mary’s Training Scheme. She achieved MRCPsych in 1993. She completed her psychiatry training at the London Hospital before starting as a consultant back at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. Initially she combined her perinatal work with liaison and general psychiatry, but focussed on perinatal psychiatry when the unit moved to the Harperbury site.

Although she had a history of cardiac arrhythmias and had a pacemaker for twenty years, her death was sudden and unexpected.          

She married Michael Beckham, a prominent television journalist who had been the producer-director of the influential World in Action series. Together they shared a wide range of interests in art, music and travel. Michael died in 2017. They are survived by their children Daisy and Alexander.

Ann’s Funeral

The funeral is at 2pm on 5th July 2021. If you would like to follow the link via zoom, please use the link below.

 
Meeting ID: 665 126 9641

Passcode: 468218

Remembering Ann

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This page has been set up in Ann’s memory for friends, family and colleagues to share their condolences with Ann’s family. 

At the bottom of this page, please press ‘Add New Condolence Message’, then continue to scroll down a little further. Please share a message, photos, video or audio. The messages will then be printed into a Condolence book.

Please note: We’ve had a bit of technical difficulty, the page should allow for 200 messages to be submitted. The page currently says max 20 messages, we have contacted their technical team to resolve this. If anybody does have difficulty submitting, you can also submit messages and photographs to robertsmiranda@mac.com.

 

Please see below the link to the just giving page which is collecting donations in aid of Alzheimer’s society in Ann’s memory. Any donation, however big or small will go a long way but please do not feel like you must donate!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alexander-beckham

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Christine Macrae

I miss Ann for the friendship that we had and that I hoped would develop into the future. Having met her in Crasville, she came to visit me in Paris – on the anniversary of Michael’s passing – and later again, once I had moved back to Perth in Scotland.  Intelligent, curious, compassionate…she was …

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Miranda

A beautiful soul , a loving wife, friend and mother . She was so proud of Alexander and Daisy and her family. I can’t begin to say how much I valued her friendship. We chatted for hours and if we were chatting now , we would be so cross that her heart has let …

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Miranda

A beautiful soul , a loving wife, friend and mother . She was so proud of Alexander and Daisy and her family. I can’t begin to say how much I valued her friendship. We chatted for hours and if we were chatting now , we would be so cross that her heart has let …

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Richard & Mary Anthony

We were friends and colleagues of Ann in the early years of her training in West Essex. In amongst the busy junior doctor posts we had great fun and we have very happy memories of skiing holidays in the alps. She will be missed and our thoughts are with you, Mary & Richard …

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Rod and Jan Natkiel

The photo shows one of many very happy times we spent with Ann, Michael and Alexander, our fabulous English neighbours in Crasville la Rocquefort, France. On this occasion it was Easter. Luckily we still have Alexander in our lives but we continue to miss Michael and have now, very sadly, lost Ann. She was …

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Jane pepper

There is a small noisy fun Ann shaped gap in my life. I will miss my friend always. We did have a lot of fun together. Good friends are irreplaceable. I feel I’ve lost a sea anchor. Farewell Annxx …

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Scott & Maria Walker

I will always hold dear, my very fond memories of Anne and her lovely nature. As a young man, we were lucky to have Anne travel with our family on a trip across Australia and we spent a lot of time with her when she resided here. Her winning smile and mellifluous voice will …

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Helen Elsley

I am so glad that we had the Robert’s family reunions which I organised some years ago in an attempt to reconnect with members of the family that we hadn’t seen for many years.  Ann so desparately wanted to have another one as she felt, as all us cousins did, that our children (second …

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Hazel Wood

It is a privledge to have known Ann as a colleague and very dear friend. Her enthusiasm, many skills and compassionate caring nature supported everyone in need. Ann has left a huge hole that cannot be filled but many have benefitted from knowing her. She was immensley proud of Alexander and Daisy – they …

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Stuart Montgomery

Ann was such a generous active and very human presence so that even now she glows in our memories and remains a permanent, kind encouragement to do better. Lost but not forgotten. …

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Vanessa

Dearest Ann, A lovely friend. Such a talented, compassionate lady, you will be sorely missed by me and all your family and friends.  Fond memories of our many outings on the Heath and at Kew, shared love of plants & gardens as well as the french language, food & travel, all wonderful things in …

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Clare May

Ann – my wonderful, dear friend for more than fifty years, great fun to be with, a partner in musical crime and general all-round jolly good sport – how I sorely miss you! You will forever be imprinted on my mind as one of life’s kindest, most compassionate and understanding people, universally loved. What …

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Kristina, Jamie, & Leo

We were lucky enough to move into the apartment above Ann’s back in 2019. We initially got to admire her beautiful garden and clever gardening skills, until we got to bond with her over our mutual love for tea, cakes, travel, and German heritage! She was a truly joyful soul. Both of us will …

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Carol Clixby

I was at school with Ann over 40 years ago, but she made such a wonderful impression on me that the memories of the times we spent together fill me with joy to this day.  Ann was admired by all, not only for her academic ability and talent in anything she undertook, but above …

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Liz Ashley

Ann and I trained as GP’s together in Epping and Harlow and remained friends over the years. Ann was a wonderful kind caring and loving person and will be missed by all who knew her. My love and best wishes to you all. Xx …

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Jo Black

Ann inspired me and so many other doctors as a trainer, and as a consultant colleague. She was a gifted trainer- she taught junior doctors with precision, kindness and patience. She inspired and encouraged. Ann treated her patients with empathy, with clinical skill and with humanity. She was extraordinary. I am proud to have …

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Jyoti Bhargava

Ann was the most genuine and kind-hearted soul I have ever met. She was always there for me when I needed her the most. I will always remember her as a cheerful, content person – willing to help whenever needed. May her soul Rest In Peace 🙏 …

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Sian Gray

I am Ann’s cousin and although we have known each other for many years it has been over the last few year that we have been more in touch. I contacted her for help and have really appreciated advice she has given me regarding a family trauma. She came to stay a few years …

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Barbara Tierney

We were so sad to hear of Ann’s death. Ann was my cousin, I’m lucky enough to have a large family on the other side of the world … thanks to my Mum. Spending time with Ann in London and at our place has been a joy. She spent time in Australia meeting my family. …

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Naomi Fineberg

Ann was, quite simply, the best of the best. Her legacy, as the kindest, most compassionate and wise mother, doctor and friend, will live on in our memories. We wish the family strength, courage and consolation at this tragic time.  With love, Naomi, Edwin, Saul, Carmel, Oli and Gideon.   …

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Juli, Tim And Dan

We share your loss and your shock that Ann was taken from us so suddenly and unexpectedly, and we are still struggling to understand that we will never see her again. Please accept our deepest condolences, and know that we will always think of Ann with great warmth.  …

Miranda

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