Lives of the fellows

Arthur Thomson Hendry

b.11 May 1918 d.21 February 2013
MB ChB Glasg(1941) FRFPS Glasg(1947) MRCP Glasg(1962) FRCP Glasg(1977) FRCP(1980)

Arthur Thomson Hendry was a chest physician based in Bournemouth. He was born in Glasgow, the son of John Hendry, an engineer, and was educated at Whitehill School Glasgow University.

After training at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, he qualified in 1941. He spent two years in general practice in Scotland before serving in the RAMC. He met his future wife, Betty Ardley Glover (a theatre sister) whilst posted in Kenya and married her in Nairobi in 1946.

On their return to the UK, he worked as a thoracic registrar at Hairmyles Hospital, East Kilbride. This led to a senior medical registrar post at Clare Hall Hospital, South Mimms. In 1953 they moved to Bournemouth, where he became a senior hospital medical officer in chest medicine. Arthur was appointed as a consultant chest physician at the Royal National Hospital, Bournemouth. He held this post from 1962 until his retirement in 1983.

He had an excellent reputation as a good diagnostician, as well as being a conscientious and caring physician. He was well liked by hospital colleagues, including nursing staff, junior doctors (whom he was always willing to teach) and even the hospital administrator! He was popular with his patients, and was prepared to take whatever time was needed to treat them.

His publications included ‘Purpura and tuberculosis’ (Tubercle. 1955 Oct;36[10]:294-300), ‘A case of pulmonary veno-occlusive disease responding to treatment with azathioprine’ (Thorax. 1977 Apr;32[2]:140-8) and ‘The combined use of betamethasone valerate and sodium cromoglycate in the treatment of asthma’ (Clin Allergy. 1977 Mar;7[2]:161-5).

He was a humble man who had a good sense of humour. His interests included sport, especially golf and the varying fortunes of the Glaswegian football team Partick Thistle, walking his dogs and music. He played the violin and mandolin, and in his retirement joined the Southern Serenaders, a group of fellow keen amateurs who played at local nursing homes and day centres. He and Betty had no children of their own, but had nephews who spent holidays with them. They also gave accommodation to foreign students studying in Bournemouth.

He was survived by his wife and two nephews.

Nigel Irwin

(Volume XII, page web)

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