Lives of the fellows

Ian Alexander Short

b.19 May 1921 d.5 October 1976
MB ChB Glasg(1944) FRFPS(1949) MRCP Lond(1949) MRCPG(1962) FRCPG(1964) MRCPE(1972) FRCP(1974)

Ian Short was consultant physician to the Western Infirmary and Gartnavel General Hospital. He was born at Saltcoats, Ayrshire, where his father John McGibbon Short was a headmaster. His mother was Florence Mary, daughter of John Grant Kennedy, a postmaster. He was educated at Ardrossan Academy, where he was dux medallist in 1939, and Glasgow University, where he graduated in 1944. During the second world war he served as general duties officer in the RAMC, returning to the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, on demobilization. He was registrar from 1948 to 1952, took his MRCP in 1949, and was appointed senior registrar in Manchester in 1952. In 1958 he was appointed consultant physician at the Western Infirmary and assumed responsibility for the first haemodialysis unit for kidney disease in the west of Scotland. He also devoted special study to diabetes and sarcoidosis.

In 1948 he married Margaret Albertha Elder, daughter of Andrew Wauchope Smith, a medical practitioner, and herself a doctor. They had four children: three sons and a daughter. One son is also a doctor.

Ian Short was a general physician in the Oslerian tradition. His clinical acumen was remarkable and his integrity absolute. The best testimony to his abilities was the number of medical colleagues who sought his advice when ill, and whom he attended with a devotion far beyond the call of duty. He was a man of high intellect and culture, and particularly devoted to music. He played the piano and the clarinet. He also greatly enjoyed a game of golf, and walking.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
Valérie Luniewska

[Brit.med.J., 1976, 2, 1329]

(Volume VII, page 534)

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