Heather Gertrude MacArthur MunroBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8042 (Published 02 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:e8042
- Neil Munro
Heather White trained at Glasgow University, having spent, as the daughter of a peripatetic diplomat, most of the war years in school in Sweden. She was accepted to study languages at Cambridge University but then decided to study medicine in her home city. She was a keen sportswoman, excelling in tennis. She acquired a half blue at university. She married fellow medical student John McGregor Munro in 1952.
After house appointments in Scotland the couple moved to Molesey, Surrey, in 1952. The conditions of her husband’s general practice partnership agreement specifically prevented her from entering general practice within the practice boundaries. She initially worked in child development clinics in Teddington and was a member of the early community service teams for children with disabilities. In 1963 she joined her husband in general practice in Claygate, Surrey. She continued to work while bringing up four children and remained in the practice until her retirement in 1984. Her practice was in every sense a village practice. She lived in the village itself and was very much part of the local community.
She missed Scotland and retired to the south west to play her piano, care for her horses, and indulge her passion for gardening. She died nine months before her husband and leaves three sons, one daughter, and eight grandchildren.
Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8042
Former general practitioner Claygate, Surrey (b 1927; q Glasgow 1951), d 6 January 2012.