Obituaries

William Kerr Henderson

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39450.713495.BE (Published 10 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:103
  1. Andrew K Henderson

    Dr William Kerr Henderson (“Bill”) has died from complications following a fall at the age of 95 years.

    Bill and his younger sister, Jean, were brought up singlehandedly by their mother in Edinburgh, their father having been killed in the first world war in 1917. Bill was educated at Parson’s Green primary school before entering George Heriot’s School as a foundationer. He had a successful school career, with notable academic achievement alongside a place in the rugby first XV and the development of a lifelong passion for the game of golf. He was lucky to survive a burst appendix complicated by peritonitis in the pre-antibiotic era during that time.

    Bill started medical training at Edinburgh University in 1929, graduating in 1935 with commendation. House jobs and …

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