Lives of the fellows

Mary Ann Mackay Harrison

b.1 September 1931 d.28 December 2011
MB ChB St And(1966) MRCP(1971) BA Open(1980) FRCP(1989)

Mary Ann Mackay Harrison was a consultant geriatrician in Crewe. She was born in Edinburgh, the daughter of Lionel Thomas Eden and Annie McPherson Eden, who were both civil servants. She was educated at the City of Worcester Grammar School for Girls and then went on to study medicine at the University of St Andrews. She qualified MB ChB with a commendation in 1966. While at St Andrews she represented the university at swimming and netball.

She was a house surgeon at the Royal Infirmary, Dundee, and then a house physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. From 1967 to 1971, she was a research assistant in the department of investigative medicine at the University of Cambridge and an honorary senior house officer, later honorary registrar, to Ivor Henry Mills [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XII, web] at the United Cambridge Hospitals. She then moved to Oxford, where she was a senior registrar in geriatrics and general medicine at the United Oxford Hospitals. After a brief period in Sunderland and Gwynedd as a consultant in geriatric medicine, she became a principal in general practice from 1975 to 1976.

From 1976 she was a consultant in geriatric medicine for Crewe Health Authority. Later she combined this post with three sessions per week as a hospitals manager in the Crewe community unit. She was also a director of Consort Care, a charitable company providing services for the elderly.

At the time of her election to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1989 she listed family, friends and pets, travel, reading, drama, church bell-ringing and music as her interests.

In 1988 she married Charles David Neal, a consultant psychiatrist. She had two step-daughters. Her husband predeceased her.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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