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Biographical entry Millar, David Gavin (1930? - 1971)

MRCS and FRCS 1959; MB BS Durham 1952; MRCOG 1962.

4 March 1971
Obstetrician and gynaecologist


David Gavin Millar graduated MB BS with honours at Durham University in 1952 and took the FRCS in 1959 and the MRCOG in 1962. Later he served on the Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was senior lecturer in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne before going to Southampton, where he became Foundation Professor of Human Reproduction and Obstetrics at Southampton University Medical School. He was previously a visiting professor of obstetrics in New York State University in 1967, after studying in the United States the previous year.

David Millar was by a few days the first clinical professor to be appointed to the new Southampton medical school, but sadly he did not live to see its first students. He was a superb practising obstetrician and gynaecologist. Among many other contributions at Southampton he laid the foundations for a sound policy for the development of medical computing in the Wessex hospital region, being himself a competent computer programmer.

He died on 4 March 1971 and is survived by his wife, Dr Mary Millar, and two sons and two daughters.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 8 March 1971; memoir 9 March 1971; Daily Telegraph 8 March 1971; Brit med J 1971, 1, 676, 730].

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