Malcolm McKay

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 28 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5026
  1. Peter Moran

Winning a scholarship to Barnard Castle School started Malcolm McKay’s great love of natural sciences and his intention of becoming a doctor. While there he was chosen as a cadet to be positioned near Eros during the Queen’s coronation procession.

In 1962 Malcolm entered general practice in Brandon, County Durham, and helped to create an extended group practice. He was a BMA representative and became friendly with another north east BMA stalwart, Clifford Arthur.

Malcolm was also active in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Wanting a break from general practice, he volunteered to be a medical officer in a fishing protection vessel during the “cod wars” between the UK and Iceland and spent two years in this post.

Then he received an invitation from Dr Arthur to join the family practice in Low Fell, Gateshead, where he remained until his retirement.

Malcolm’s hobbies involved his great interest in all fauna and flora. He went wild fowling on the Solway for 50 years, making many friends. Following his botanical interests, he would often travel miles to see and photograph any newly discovered rare plant.

His greatest love, however, was salmon fishing, and he fished the Tweed for 40 years. In 1978 he was the proud winner of the Malloch trophy for landing the biggest fish of the season, a specimen weighing 34 lbs.

He leaves his wife, Lise; two daughters; and three grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5026


  • Retired general practitioner (b 1935; q Durham University 1958), d 19 June 2015.

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