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John Basil RennieGeorge William Albert NeillBernard CashmanRonald HornThomas Geraint Illtyd JamesEibhlin KellyDerek Lorimer PryerKenneth RostronMalcolm ThompsonJohn Charles TurnerAudrey Phyllis WardThomas Murray Welsh

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7077.379 (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:379

John Basil Rennie


Basil, as he was always known, served the Glasgow Medical School with distinction. Nurtured in academic circles (his father was a prominent senator of the university), he spent his career entirely in Glasgow and it spanned successively three teaching hospitals. Initially he was a paediatrician, but it was the excellence of his gold medal MD thesis on childhood nephritis that prompted his translation to the first full time lectureship in medicine at the university. He had had poliomyelitis in his early teens, causing weakness and wasting of one leg, but it did not affect his way of life though it did debar him from military service. Thus during the war, when the professor was frequently absent because of consulting duties for the Royal Navy, Rennie bore the brunt of patient care and teaching as well as being responsible for the research laboratories and beds in the new Gardiner Institute. Despite this, however, he continued his own research and published a seminal paper on the nephrotic syndrome in 1947. With the arrival of the NHS he moved to Stobhill Hospital, where his long experience of renal diseases fitted him admirably to play a part in the dramatic advances in the management of renal failure in the 1950s and 1960s; the renal unit and dialysis service set up in 1968 is a memorial to his work. An elder of the Church of Scotland, quiet and kindly, and immaculate in dress and manners, he made no enemies. He leaves a wife, Beryl, three daughters, and two grandsons. [Hugh Conway]

John Basil Rennie, former consultant physician Western Infirmary and Stobhill Hospitals, Glasgow; b 1904; q Glasgow 1927; MD (honours), FRFPS; died of motor neurone disease on 27 November 1996.

George William Albert Neill

“Gawn” Neill was happiest in the laboratory and did his MD thesis in Hull, where …

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