Alexander KirkpatrickBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a329 (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1511
- Terry Kirkpatrick
After graduation, Alexander Kirkpatrick (“Alec”) completed his houseman’s year in Newtownards. Shortly afterwards he joined Fred Atkinson in general practice on Belfast’s Shankhill Road; he continued to work there throughout his professional career, including the difficult times of the Troubles. Latterly he worked as a singlehanded general practitioner, but a myocardial infarction at the age of 59 led him to take on a partner (Ronnie Alcorn) until his retirement.
Alec was a keen sportsman, playing football, rugby, and cricket at school (Methodist College, Belfast). He was a powerful swimmer and played water polo for Wellington Club; in later years he developed an interest in bowls and won many trophies. He was widely travelled and made several visits to his sister in Australia. Predeceased by his Swiss wife, Margaret, in 2000, he suffered a stroke at this time and shortly afterwards moved to the Causeway coast on the north coast of Northern Ireland, where he lived independently with the support of several family members, including his niece, Pam Logue, a well known general practitioner. He leaves two sons (one a consultant anaesthetist) and two grandsons.
Former general practitioner Belfast (b 1921; q Queen’s University, Belfast, 1945), died from ruptured aortic aneurysm on 2 May 2008.
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