Gordon Easton

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 14 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2588
  1. C Valenta,
  2. S MacPherson

    Gordon Easton qualified in medicine in the year that the second world war broke out, and after house jobs joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and served in HMS Rockingham.

    He joined the staff of Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow, in 1946, eventually becoming deputy medical superintendent. It was there that he met Isobel, also a doctor, whom he married in 1950. In addition to its “fever wards,” Ruchill (which closed in 1998) had nine TB wards and one “female VD” ward, which male doctors were forbidden to enter! Between 1947 and 1948 there were 500 admissions for suspected diphtheria, and Gordon made the diagnosis of this disease the topic of his MD thesis.

    He foresaw the dramatic changes in his specialty in the antibiotic era, and turned more and more to general practice, working in the pioneer “air call” deputising services in Glasgow in the 1960s and ’70s. He did locum GP work all over Britain, from Cornwall to the Outer Hebrides, and even after his retirement to Connel, he continued to do locums into his 70s.

    His interests outside medicine were wide and varied, and included art, literature, and a love of walking, especially in the west coast of Scotland.

    Isobel died four months after him, on 14 April 2010. He is survived by five children, two of whom are doctors, and 14 grandchildren, one likewise a doctor.


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    • Former infectious diseases physician and general practitioner Glasgow (b 1916; q Glasgow 1939; MD), died from old age on 13 December 2009.