Obituary: Dr George Stockdill

George Stockdill worked at the Western General
George Stockdill worked at the Western General
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A FORMER haematology consultant who produced more than 20 publications from his work in the Capital has died after battling a long illness.

Dr George Stockdill was part of a group who undertook pioneering research in leukaemia during his time at the Western General Hospital.

The only child of May and Arthur, he was brought up in Holytown, North Lanarkshire, attending Glasgow High before studying medicine at Glasgow University.

He gained his membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1972 and was promoted to registrar but briefly left hospital medicine to pursue a career as a GP in Motherwell.

Three years later, he was made a registrar in haematology at Glasgow Royal Infirmary before a senior registrar post came up in Edinburgh. He was given the job and flourished in his field during this time with much of his work getting published.

George was part of a group who found prognostic marker subgroups in beta-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. These were defined by specific chromosomal abnormalities.

This work was published in the New England Journal and his research in the Capital produced more than 20 publications and included improvements in the local GP usage of the laboratory.

George obtained his membership of the Royal College of Pathologists and was then appointed as a consultant at the Western General.

After five years he found he was spending less time with patients, which was his love, with much of his work centred around meetings so in 1986 he moved to be a lone consultant in the Borders.

He became secretary of the Scottish Haematologist group and was appointed to the Scottish Affairs Committee of the Royal College of Pathologists, becoming secretary for three years.

At Borders General Hospital he became the clinical director for medicine for several years and assistant medical director for cancer, setting up a chemotherapy service for patients, saving them from having to travel to Edinburgh.

He advised the chief medical officer on the provision of cancer services in rural areas and he became a member of the Scottish Cancer group at the Scottish Office.

George had many interests including football and followed the fortunes of Hearts with interest. He had less stressful loves – including fishing and painting. His watercolours, pastel and acrylic paintings were often exhibited in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Galashiels and Hawick.

George, who lost his battle to prostate cancer in April, will be remembered as someone who loved life. He was known for his great sense of humour and loved story telling. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, daughters Helen, Frances and Lesley, and his eight grandchildren.