Lives of the fellows

Allene Isabel Scott

b.18 January 1927 d.22 October 1994
MD Toronto(1949) MRCP(1959) FRCP(1975) MRCPI(1978) FRCPI(1980)

Allene Scott, a Canadian, arrived in Ireland in 1967 to become the first medical director of the Irish drugs regulatory agency, the National Drugs Advisory Board, a post which she held until her retirement in 1992. To the medical profession in Ireland she personified the Board.

She was born in Canada, where her father, Robert Allan Scott, was an architect, and studied medicine at the University of Toronto. After house posts at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, she subsequently trained in internal medicine, endocrinology and pathology, both in Canada and England, before joining ICI as a toxicologist. She wrote several papers for professional journals and her remarkable memory and knowledge of every aspect of drug regulation led to her becoming internationally known. She steered the Board through the many hazards associated with drug regulation, dealing with every enquiry from both industry and the public in a courteous and logical manner, even after normal office hours from her home telephone. Allene Scott was quietly spoken and unassuming and enjoyed most sports in her leisure time. She never married.

J Feely

(Volume X, page 436)

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