Kathleen Murray Hadden (née Morrison)BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7539.493 (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:493
Kathleen Murray Hadden (née Morrison)Former general practitioner Woodside, Aberdeen (b Stirling 5 April 1923; q Aberdeen 1945), died from melanoma on 30 November 2005.
Kathleen was a well known general practitioner in Aberdeen, giving advice and sympathy to everyone as well as treating their illnesses. Although most of her life was spent in Aberdeen, her early years in Stirling gave her a sense of history. She loved travelling and always knew the history of places she visited as well as being up to date with their politics. After graduating in Aberdeen in 1945 she worked in Arbroath, Maidstone, and Ormskirk before returning home to marry Andrew. She was widowed after six years of marriage and returned to full time general practice when 24 hour on call was normal. Working in the fishing community in Torry she was called to see trawler men on their boats and used her father as a chaperone when called to the harbour. She joined Dr Catto’s practice in Woodside, where she enjoyed work but disliked the winter months as the weather and driving conditions were often poor. This did not deter her when she was called out one snowy night and later learnt that even the police had not dared venture out in the bad weather. At home she balanced life with her parents and two daughters. This was difficult, especially during the typhoid epidemic in Aberdeen in 1964 when she had no time for herself. Her later years were hard because of her Parkinson’s disease, but this did not stop her socialising and travelling thanks to her family and many friends.
She leaves behind two daughters and four grandchildren. [Hilary Hinton]
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