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Biographical entry Murray, Richard William Cordiner (1907 - 2003)

MRCS 1931; FRCS 1935; BA Cambridge 1928; MB BChir 1933; LRCP 1931; FRCS Edinburgh 1957.

20 March 1907
Birmingham, UK
20 August 2003
Orthopaedic surgeon


Dick Murray was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Inverness. He was born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 20 March 1907. His father, who was a general practitioner, was away serving in the RAMC during the first world war for much of Dick’s early childhood. He was educated at Sherborne and Caius College, Cambridge, from which he went to Birmingham for his clinical studies. After junior posts, he specialised in surgery, particularly orthopaedics, then a fledgling specialty. He was a resident surgical officer at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry under Naughton Dunn, Harry Platt and Sir Reginald Watson Jones. In 1940, he was appointed by the Scottish Office to take charge of the Emergency Medical Services Hospital at Killearn near Glasgow.

In 1943, he was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon to Raigmore Hospital, near Inverness. He travelled far and wide in the Highlands and islands, establishing clinics and offering corrective surgery to the many local people who had disabling conditions of the limbs and spine. His practice built up and he added consultant colleagues along the way.

He had a kind and empathetic nature, but developed increasingly severe migraine, which led to his early retirement in 1969. He was a talented oil painter and exhibited widely in the north of Scotland. He married Olwen secretly, at a time when resident surgical staff were not allowed to get married. They had one daughter, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She predeceased him in 1988. He died on 20 August 2003.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2003 327 874.].

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