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Biographical entry Macalister, Charles Lennox Ogilvy (1914 - 1999)

MRCS and FRCS ad eundem 1978; MB ChB St Andrews 1937; FRCS Edinburgh 1940.

5 June 1914
7 February 1999


Charles Lennox Ogilvy Macalister, or 'Mac' as he was always known, was a consultant urologist at Bradford Royal Infirmary. He was born on 5 June 1914 in Dundee, where his father, Charles, was a marine engineer. His mother was Elizabeth née McAinsh. He was educated at Morgan Academy and St Andrews University, where he soon became an avid and skilful golfer. On one occasion, when he returned with a huge trophy, carried with difficulty on his bike, his mother said, "You're not going to clutter up the house with that thing!" He went on to Edinburgh to study for the FRCS, during which time he worked under Sir Henry Wade.

Having passed the FRCS Edinburgh in 1940, he joined the RAF, becoming surgeon in charge of a surgical division and later surgeon in charge of the 21 Mobile Field Hospital throughout the Western Desert and the Sicilian and Italian campaigns, where he was mentioned in despatches and ended as a Wing-Commander.

After the war, he specialised in urology, and was registrar to the Westminster Urological Centre, and later became Terence Millin's private assistant at his clinic at Queen's Gate. It was at this time that Millin was creating a small revolution in prostatic surgery with his retropubic prostatectomy procedure, and from then on Macalister was noted for his skill in its performance. He was appointed consultant urologist to Bradford Royal Infirmary in 1950. In 1952 Mac visited the University of Minnesota as a fellow in urology. He was an active member of British Association of Urological Surgeons and served on its council.

Shortly before he was demobilised in Algiers, he met another RAF doctor, Betty, and married her. They had one son, Terence, and one daughter, Elizabeth, neither of whom went into medicine. He had two grandchildren, Jamie and Calum. He was a keen golfer, with a handicap of three, and, like Millin, was a wonderful raconteur. He died on 7 February 1999.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1999 318 1147].

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