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Wilhelmina Mary Harcourt Behan (née Hughes)

Professor of muscle pathology Glasgow (b 1939; q Bristol 1962 (Gold Medal); MD, FRCP, FRCPath), died from primary peritoneal adenocarcinoma on 19 March 2005.

After house jobs in Bristol Wilhelmina trained in pathology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. She then spent the next seven years working in Boston, Massachusetts, and became board certified in histopathology. She was appointed senior lecturer in pathology at Glasgow University in 1979. Here she pursued her interest in neuromuscular diseases, particularly polymyositis and chronic fatigue syndrome, for which she was internationally renowned. She also diagnosed the first post mortem case of AIDS in Scotland. Very interested in research and teaching, she supervised numerous BScs and higher degrees.

Devoted to her family, she leaves a husband (a retired professor emeritus of neurology), three children (a neurology specialist registrar, a cardiology specialist registrar, and a medical senior house officer), and two grandchildren. [Miles Behan]