Alastair RobertsonBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7358.283/h (Published 03 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:283
Former general practitioner Aberdeen (b Aberdeen 1918; q Edinburgh 1940), d 24 May 2002.
Following qualification and early medical experience in Edinburgh, he joined the Royal Air Force, seeing service with the Air Evacuation of Casualties Unit in North Africa and in the Far East. He, in the company of seven, was in a plane that crash-landed on the now holiday island of Phuket just after the Japanese defeat. His aircraft was met by a contingent of 200 Japanese and there was initial uncertainty as to whether the Japanese would know of their defeat. However, the senior Japanese officer came forward and laid down his sword in surrender.
Following demobilisation, he joined a general practice in Portlethen just south of Aberdeen, subsequently establishing a separate practice in the Kincorth area of Aberdeen—the site of extensive postwar building. The practice now has seven partners.
He retired from practice in 1979 but continued his commitment with the Department of Health and Social Security, performing medical disability boards, until he had emergency surgery for a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm at the age of 67.
He spent the following 17 years enjoying his garden and family life. For the last 10 years of his life, he had episodes of vertebral body collapse as a result of osteoporosis. He bore these with great courage and fortitude and his last illness was the final episode of the same process with complications.
He leaves a wife, Dorothy; two daughters; and two grandchildren. [Elizabeth M Robertson]
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