Lives of the fellows

William Gordon Hendry

b.15 January 1949 d.22 November 2000
MB ChB Aberd(1972) MRCP(1975) FRCP(1994) FRCP Edin(1994)

Gordon Hendry can be credited with creating a first rate cardiology unit in South Bucks. He was appointed as a cardiologist and consultant physician to the Wycombe General Hospital in 1986 and in a short space of time had established a highly regarded six-bedded coronary care unit which he managed on a single-handed basis until a second colleague was appointed fourteen years later.

He was born in Aberdeen, the son of two doctors, and was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, entering the faculty of medicine at Aberdeen University in 1966, graduating in 1972. Following his basic medical training, SHO and registrar rotations at Aberdeen, he was appointed as a registrar in cardiac investigation at Leeds General Infirmary. At the relatively young age of 30, he was appointed senior registrar in cardiology at St Mary's Hospital where he showed considerable skills in cardiac catheterisation.

Following his appointment as cardiologist at Wycombe Hospital, Gordon established strong links with the Hammersmith Hospital where he was appointed honorary consultant in the department of clinical cardiology and provided a personal cardiac catheterisation service for his patients as well as training specialist registrars at the medical school. He expanded facilities and started a clinical investigations unit at Amersham Hospital which also carried out extensive research into coronary artery disease. He was well known as an active member of the British Cardiac Society.

A tireless worker, he extended care into the community through the active hearts programme and was also valued locally as a sound medical opinion.

During his period as a consultant physician in Wycombe, he proved to be a very able administrator and was an excellent chairman of the South Bucks medical staff committee, the medical education committee and the clinical effectiveness committee. During his period as district clinical tutor for South Bucks he was instrumental in the formation of the new state-of-the-art postgraduate centre funded by the public finance initiative. He was particularly keen on undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and his clinical presentations were always impeccable and enjoyed by all.

As a colleague he was delightful company with a fine sense of humour. He had a variety of outside interests including gardening and golf. He was a first rate skier having been an office bearer at the Aberdeen University ski club for several years.

He maintained his good humour throughout his final illness. He underwent surgery on his pancreas and returned to work after only three months. He continued to work as hard as ever, even when receiving chemotherapy.

He leaves a wife Kirsteen, a radiographer, and two children, one of whom is a medical student.

S McPherson

(Volume XI, page 261)

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