Obituaries

Hector Maconochie Urquhart

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7521.909-d (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:909

Consultant ear, nose, and throat surgeon Inverness 1949-80 (b 1917; q Edinburgh 1940; FRCS Ed), died from a stroke on 26 March 2005.


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Hector Urquhart joined the Royal Air Force in 1941. He was bound for the Far East when his troop ship was hit by a torpedo and lost its rudder. The rest of the convoy went on to Singapore and was captured by the Japanese. Hector was posted to north Africa, where he joined a mobile field hospital and spent the next three years in the Western desert. He was appointed consultant to the newly formed Highlands and Islands NHS in 1949. The long distances he had to travel to his clinics enabled him to indulge his love of motor cars, notably a vintage Bentley and E type Jaguar. He leaves a wife, Elizabeth; two children; and two grandchildren.

[David Urquhart]

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