Donald Macleod, surgeon and sports activities medication pioneer. Born: 4 March 1941 in note-0Selkirk. Died: 13 November 2022 in note-1Innerleithen, aged 81
The a number of honours and prestigious awards garnered by Donald Macleod throughout a profession dedicated to surgical procedure and sports activities medication replicate the common esteem during which he was held by his friends. But whereas the letters which adopted his identify bear testimony to Donald Macleod’s many and diversified accomplishments, they can’t do full justice to the character, integrity and understated brilliance of this outstanding man.
His passing on 13 November, at 81, has robbed the nation’s medical and sporting communities of a real champion and innovator. His legacy in sports activities medication will proceed to advertise, prioritise and defend the wellbeing of all sportsmen and sportswomen, whether or not skilled or novice.
Graduating with a level in medication from Edinburgh College in 1965, Donald served because the Scottish Rugby Union’s workforce physician from 1969-1995, and would finally turn into its president.
Former participant and coach Jim Telfer stated: “Donald was integral to the event of the backroom workers at Murrayfield and was accountable for build up its workforce of docs, physios and health advisers. I first met Donald once I was captain of Scotland in 1969. All through the Seventies and ’80s I watched him construct up the medical community to make it world class, not simply in relation to the senior Scotland facet, however for the ‘B’ workforce and the under-18 and under-21 XVs as effectively.”
When Jim Telfer travelled to New Zealand as coach of the British Lions in 1983, the tour administration workforce comprised simply 4 members – Jim, tour supervisor Willie-John McBride, Donald as medical adviser and Kevin Murphy as physio.
“Donald and I labored hand-in-hand on the tour, and he would usually act as confidante to the Lions gamers. I leaned on him very closely throughout that point, for as coach I used to be below intense strain. He would calm me down and provide reassurance about what I used to be doing.
“Throughout the early eighties Donald and I constructed up an incredible rapport. This was cemented later within the Grand Slam victories of 1984 and 1990, when Donald and physio David McLean each made big contributions to Scotland’s success.
“Throughout my time I’ve met fairly quite a lot of excellent people, each within the instructing occupation and in my rugby profession, and Donald Macleod is up there with one of the best of them.”
Donald Angus David Macleod was born in Selkirk’s Viewfield Hospital in 1941. His father William, a medical graduate, was a local of Stornoway whereas mom Nancy hailed from Selkirk and was a youngsters’s nurse.
Not lengthy after his father returned from the conflict, Donald and his youthful sibling Frances moved with the household to Edinburgh, the place his brother Angus was born. Donald initially attended Edinburgh Academy, from the place he gained a scholarship to Gordonstoun College in Moray. It proved the making of him. The college’s motto, Plus Est En Vous (There’s Extra in You), chimed with Donald’s need to broaden his horizons, whereas the emphasis positioned by the college on outside pursuits nurtured a ardour for the countryside that was to stick with Donald all his life.
On leaving faculty he gained a spot to check medication at Edinburgh College, and within the following six years would recurrently prove as openside wing ahead for the Edinburgh Academical rugby workforce.
It was at Edinburgh College that Donald would meet the love of his life, Lucile Kirkpatrick from Thornhill in Dumfriesshire. In the identical 12 months and finding out on the identical course, the couple had been married a 12 months after their commencement, on September 6, 1966, in Thornhill’s Congregational Church.
When Donald was appointed marketing consultant common surgeon at Bangour Hospital in 1975 the household moved to a brand new residence in Livingston. When Bangour closed, Donald transferred to St John’s Hospital. His years at Bangour had been notably blissful ones, and Donald collaborated with William F Hendrie to put in writing a historical past of the village and hospital, The Bangour Story, to assist protect the recollections.
Iain Macintyre, Surgeon to the Queen in Scotland from 1997-2004, who labored with Donald on the Royal Faculty of Surgeons of Edinburgh and succeeded him as Vice-President, stated Donald was a really perfect surgical function mannequin – “reliable, decisive, resilient, but at all times courteous and thoughtful”.
He added: “Donald had studied emergency and trauma surgical procedure in Baltimore, Maryland, and introduced that have to Bangour Hospital, the place he took marketing consultant accountability for the Accident & Emergency Division.
“Nonetheless, it was in sports activities and train medication that Donald made his mark, nationally and internationally.
“He was a serious driving power behind the formation of the College of Sports activities and Train Drugs, the physique which to at the present time governs sports activities medication within the UK. The College was formally launched in 2006 by Princess Anne, who as a former Olympian took a eager curiosity in sports activities medication. She described the essential function Donald had performed within the growth of sports activities medication, whereas a subsequent speaker described Donald as ‘the daddy of British sports activities and train medication’.
“He served as Honorary Professor of Sports activities Drugs at Aberdeen College, amongst many different honours,” added Iain, “but all of this passed off alongside a profession as a busy working surgeon. His contribution to surgical procedure was recognised by his election as Vice-President of the Royal Faculty of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and his appointment to the Basic Medical Council.
“Donald’s skilled life was one among dedication and repair to surgical procedure and surgical sufferers.”
On his retiral in 2001, Donald and Lucile moved to the Borders, buying a property in a surprising location on the prime of the Ettrick Valley.
Rugby remained a ardour for Donald, and he and Lucile would recurrently journey down to look at Selkirk play at Philiphaugh. After becoming a member of the membership’s committee, Donald served as Selkirk president from 2009-2011.
Donald’s appointment as Scottish Rugby Union president in 2013 was a supply of particular pleasure. His data, dedication and amiability gained him widespread respect.
For rest, Donald seemed ahead to his common Friday fishing get-togethers with three associates on Bowhill’s Decrease Loch, whereas each he and Lucile had been enthusiastic members of the Forth Valley Orienteers.
Whereas residing within the Ettrick Valley, Donald would cycle a spherical journey of 14 miles to select up the morning paper, and the couple had been in a position to indulge their mutual love of hillwalking within the lovely countryside surrounding their residence.
Sustaining a regime of standard bodily exercise was second nature to Donald Macleod. He and three associates accomplished the Nice Open air Problem – strolling coast to coast throughout Scotland – on three separate events, and he would additionally recurrently run half-marathons.
His feats on a motorbike had been much more outstanding. These included biking from Land’s Finish to John O’ Groats on the age of 70; biking 222 miles from Aberdeen to Ardnamurchan; and finishing the London to Paris Bike Trip Problem in 2005 to lift funds for Motion Medical Analysis.
After shifting to Innerleithen in 2018, Donald continued to cycle within the Tweed Valley, and journey his mountain bike alongside the more difficult forest trails at Glentress. He was inducted into the Scottish Borders Sporting Corridor of Fame in 2006.
Donald is survived by Lucile, youngsters Rona, Torquil and Janette, and grandchildren Grace, Peter, Lauren and Caitlin.
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