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Norman McLennan Piercy

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 29 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1892

Norman McLennan Piercy joined the Royal Air Force after leaving school in 1940, transferring to the Pathfinder Squadron in 1942. His badly damaged plane landed on 9 September 1944 but then blew up, resulting in the deaths of five ground crew and Norman losing his right leg.

It was during his recovery that he decided to study medicine, attending night school to obtain the entry qualifications.

After house jobs in Dundee and Perth, he moved with his wife Shirley, also a doctor, to Yorkshire in 1955 where, together, they ran the practice for 10 years. In 1965, the family moved to Montrose, where he practised until his retirement in 1990. He was a general practitioner trainer and also tutor for Dundee medical students.

Norman never allowed his physical problem to get in the way of his other interests. He started skiing in his late 40s and became a qualified ski instructor and doctor to the British Disabled Olympic Ski Team. A keen scuba diver, he was a registered examiner for amateur and commercial divers.

Norman faced great sadness with the death of Shirley and his daughter Anne in 1985 and his son Robin in 1994. He is survived by Phyllis Dewer, whom he married in 1998; daughters Margaret and Gail; son Iain; 10 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.


Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1892


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