Johanna Clara Joacomina Collis McLean

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 24 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1274

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Former assistant medical officer Lagos, Nigeria (b 1919; q King's College Hospital, London, 1956), d 1 January 2005.

Hanna grew up in the Netherlands, where during the second world war she and her mother sheltered Jewish families. When Belsen was liberated in 1945 Hanna was invited by Robert Collis, paediatrician and member of the Red Cross, to set up a unit to care for 500 orphans within the campsite. She and Bob went on to work with refugees. Her experiences at Belsen plus the aftermath of the war made Hanna determined to read medicine. Following house jobs, she and Bob set up a cerebral palsy clinic. In 1962 after their marriage, the pair moved to Nigeria, where Hanna lectured at Lagos University, later becoming assistant medical officer. Predeceased by Bob and a son, and her second husband, Donald McLean, she leaves a son.

[Uto Hogerzeil, Bryan Scaife]


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