Alexander (“Sandy”) Gordon Elder

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:161
  1. Ewan B Macdonald,
  2. Ian S Symington,
  3. Richard Soutar

    Alexander Gordon Elder (“Sandy”) was an outstanding NHS based occupational physician who personally helped many health care workers and contributed to the development of comprehensive services to the NHS and industry in central Scotland.

    As a schoolboy he was always bright academically, and he was envied by his contemporaries at the University of Dundee for his ability to know precisely how much revision was needed to pass examinations. Well rounded with wide interests, he was a natural at sports, including rugby, cricket, tennis, golf, and squash and remained competitive all his life. Sports were kept up even when he was quite unwell, and in his last game at his golf club, when his exercise tolerance had reduced him to a putting competition, he was all square at the 17th and won with a magnificent 60 foot putt!

    He loved the mountains, had climbed many of the Munros, …

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