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Biographical entry Hendry, William Garden (1914 - 2003)

MRCS and FRCS 1947; MB ChB Aberdeen 1936; FRCS Edinburgh 1944.

30 September 1914
Aberdeen, Scotland
26 September 2003
General surgeon


William Garden Hendry was a consultant surgeon at Highlands General Hospital and Wood Green and Southgate Hospital, London. He was born in Aberdeen on 30 September 1914, the son of two schoolteachers, and was brought up in a strict Presbyterian household. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and in 1936 graduated from Marshall College, Aberdeen.

After house posts in Portsmouth, Guildford and Stafford, he joined the RAMC, serving as a regimental medical officer to the Honorable Artillery Company (Royal Horse Artillery). He then became a graded surgical specialist, serving in Baghdad and Basra. After a spell in Tehran, he returned to Basra, returning to the UK in 1944.

Following demobilisation, he joined the London County Council hospital service at Highlands Hospital (then known as the Northern Hospital), a busy district general hospital. He subsequently worked there for 34 years, developing a high quality surgical unit.

He was a general surgeon, but was particularly interested in gastric surgery. He was a pioneer of vagotomy and pyloroplasty, and of the conservative treatment of the acute diseases of the abdomen.

He served as Chairman of the Highlands Hospital medical committee and was a consultant member of the hospital management committee,

He was a keen gardener and golfer, winning many trophies. On several occasions he competed in the Open. After he retired, he wrote a book on the science of golf. He married Mary Masters, a nurse, who predeceased him. They had three children and eight grandchildren. He died from cerebral vascular disease on 26 September 2003.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2004 328 170, with portrait.].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England