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Biographical entry Crossling, Frank Turner (1927 - 2011)

FRCS 1954; MB ChB Aberdeen 1949; FRCS Glas 1964.

16 August 1927
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
28 April 2011
General surgeon


Frank Crossling was a consultant general surgeon at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow. He was born on 16 August 1927 in Aberdeen, the son of Wilfred Ormston Crossling, a printer and commercial traveller, and his wife, Jean née Turner. Educated at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen and at Aberdeen University, he graduated MB ChB in 1949.

In 1965 he was appointed consultant at Stobhill Hospital and was said to be strikingly innovative in his early years, among other procedures he was credited with being one of the first to use stapling techniques. During 1967-8 he took a sabbatical year working in a hospital in Nairobi and regaled students and colleagues for a long time afterwards with tales of his time in Kenya. He retired in 1991.

Frank married Margaret Elizabeth Abdy, a radiographer, on 7 October 1950, and they had a son who became a vet. He was a man of many interests outside medicine, particularly climbing, skiing, photography, classical music and travel. Sadly Margaret died suddenly and unexpectedly soon after his retirement and he moved to the north of Aberdeenshire, to Kildrummy to be near his son. He died on 28 April 2011, aged 83 years survived by his son and three grandchildren.

Tina Craig

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med j28 June 2011 www.bmj/content/342/bmj.d4071.full - accessed 8 July 2011].

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