Lillian Mary MathesonBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39567.665000.BE (Published 08 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1077
- David Matheson,
- Colette Clark,
- Colin Howden
David Matheson writes:
At the time of her death, Lillian had just taken early retirement from her post as consultant clinical oncologist at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and the Borders General Hospital in Melrose. She was born in Glasgow in 1954 into a working class family so dominated by books and by reading that one of her earliest memory was, like me, of our grandfather taking her to join the local library. Lillian excelled at school and in her spare time was an accomplished Highland dancer. As a child she developed the interest and skill in cooking and baking whose produce would become one of the hallmarks of any visit to her house.
Lillian attended Notre Dame High School for Girls from 1966 to 1972, entering Glasgow Medical School when she was barely 17. She graduated MB ChB in 1978, having taken a year out for an intercalated BSc in pharmacology. “Bright, bubbly, and full of fun and …