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Biographical entry McKechnie, William Richard (1906 - 2004)

MRCS and FRCS 1949; MB ChB Otago 1937; DLO 1947; LRCP 1949; FRACS 1957.

31 October 1906
Kowhitirangi, New Zealand
ENT surgeon


William Richard McKechnie was an ENT surgeon in New Zealand. He was born on 31 October 1906 in Koiterangi (now Kowhitirangi) on the west coast of New Zealand, the son of Charlie, a marine engineer, and Jean, a hotelier. He was educated at Timaru Secondary High School, and then went on to study medicine at Otago University.

From 1945 he spent a year in China as a surgeon, where he lectured to nurses and general doctors. He studied at the Royal National Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital in London. He then returned to New Zealand, where he was a senior ENT surgeon at Auckland and Greenlane Hospitals. He retired in 1981. He was married to Roma Joyce McKechnie.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England