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Biographical entry Scott, Daphne Mary (1919 - 2007)

MB ChB St Andrews 1943; MRCP 1948; FRCS 1953.

2 April 1919
11 December 2007
Medical Officer


Daphne Mary Scott was a medical officer for Family Planning Association (FPA) clinics in Croydon, Westminster and Oxted. She was born in Ealing, London, on 2 April 1919, the elder daughter of Sir Harold Richard Scott, a civil servant, and Ethel Mary Scott née Golledge. Scott's father was in charge of civil defence in London during the Second World War, and later became commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and then chairman of HM Prison Commissioners. She was educated at Bridge House, Tadworth, Sunny Hill School, Bruton, and Roedean, and went on to study medicine at St Andrews University. She won year medals for botany and zoology, and qualified in 1943. Whilst a student she represented her university at lacrosse and swimming.

During the Second World War Scott was an assistant in general practice in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. From 1948 to 1950 she was a house officer at North Middlesex Hospital. In 1950 she was an assistant demonstrator in anatomy at St Thomas's Hospital, and then a senior house officer at Leicester Royal Infirmary. She went on to become an approved speaker, teacher and trainer for the FPA. She gained her FPA training certificate in 1961.

Outside medicine, she enjoyed walking and hill climbing, gardening, botany and handicrafts.

In 1953 she married. Her husband was a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a GP surgeon in Oxted. They had two daughters. She died on 11 December 2007, aged 88.

Sarah Gillam

The Royal College of Surgeons of England