Neil Alexander McCrie Somerville

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1315
  1. Bruce Somerville

    Following in his father’s footsteps, Neil Alexander McCrie Somerville studied medicine at Edinburgh University, qualifying in 1956. He then undertook his national service as a medical officer in the Royal Dragoons, reaching the rank of captain.

    On his return he worked in paediatrics at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, and then in obstetrics and gynaecology at Beverley Westwood Hospital near Hull.

    He then joined his father in general practice in Hull in 1961, later becoming senior partner until his retirement in 1999. Throughout his career he was actively involved in the development of general practice, both within his own practice and through his involvement with the local medical fraternity and the first deputising service in Hull.

    He also managed to combine work and pleasure as a medical officer on what is now the Rally of Great Britain and other motor sport events.

    On his retirement from general practice he continued to utilise his skills and experience as a medicolegal adviser, an area of work which was still developing until his illness made it impossible for him to continue in 2007. He also found some time to indulge in a few games of golf.

    He leaves a wife, Margaret, as well as four children and six grandchildren from his first marriage.


    • Former general practitioner Hull (b 1932; q Edinburgh 1956; DCH, FRCGP), died from prostate cancer, bony metastasis, and renal failure on 9 April 2008.

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