Walter Henderson

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 11 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:407

Former consultant paediatrician York (b Hawick 1910; q Edinburgh 1933; MD, FRCP Ed), d 16 April 2005.

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Walter Henderson was York's first ever paediatrician. During the second world war he was a lieutenant colonel and served in India. He took up his consultant post in York in 1946, retiring in 1975. He built up an excellent paediatric unit where none had existed before and initiated many services for children, including a special care baby unit, two paediatric wards, a far reaching outpatients department, and a child development centre. He also supplied services at Scarborough and Malton and was assistant honorary secretary to the then British Paediatric Association for nine years. Walter loved music, Scottish poetry, walking, tennis, golf, and his church. Predeceased by his wife, Joan, he leaves two daughters and five grandchildren.

[Hugh Heggarty]


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