Betty NichollBMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6035 (Published 11 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6035
- Julia Kirk,
- Stephen Bailie,
- Keith Bailie
Betty Nicholl grew up in Bushmills, County Antrim. She was the eldest of three sisters (Betty, Margaret, and Mary). Her parents were James and Mary Nicholl, who owned and ran Nicholl’s Hotel in Bushmills, now the Distillers Arms, and the garage near to the hotel.
Betty was educated at Bushmills Public Elementary School. In 1939 she gained a scholarship to Ballymena Academy, where she was a prefect in her final year in 1945. While studying medicine at Queen’s University Belfast she met and married Bill (Bailie) in 1949 and graduated in 1952.
She decided early on to pursue a career in laboratory medicine …