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Milne Anderson

Also known as: Grumpa Beard.

Picture of Milne Anderson.

Dr. Milne Anderson, former consultant neurologist, who spent his formative years in Forfar, died suddenly on January 3. He was 70.

Milne was born in Elgin, then lived in the Glasgow area before moving to Forfar as a young child. He attended Forfar Academy then graduated MB ChB from St. Andrews University in 1965. His first years as a junior doctor were spent in hospitals in Dundee and Arbroath; after which he and his family moved to England where he took up a post as registrar in Neurology at the Midland Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Smethwick. He remained in the Midlands for the remainder of his medical career becoming a consultant in Neurology in 1977, specialising in neurological infections and serving a number of hospitals in the Birmingham area. He was seconded to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a year in 1984 as a clinician, lecturer and teacher and in subsequent year travelled to Jordan, Kuwait and Turkey all of which he described as ‘a joy to get back to basic medicine’. He retired finally from the Queen Elizabeth Neurosciences centre, Birmingham in 2003, to live in Kinlochleven, surrounded by his favourite mountains.

He was highly regarded by his colleagues and patients as being an excellent clinician and an outstanding teacher of neurology and common sense medicine but they also appreciated his irreverent sense of humour, his directness and total honesty and his impatience with committees and medical politics.

His marriage to Pat lasted for more than 50 years and produced 3 sons and a daughter. His twelve grandchildren, who all knew him as Grumpa Beard, adored him, realising that under the stern exterior lay an inner softness which, for them, meant sweeties from his sweetie tin when parents were not looking, and tales of the Haggis of Haggis Mountain and of Colin, the spider who lived in his beard.

He was a keen hill walker, skier and camper who thought nothing, in his earlier years of piling his family into the car, loading the trailer and taking off across Europe, at a time when there were few motorways, for a camping holiday in Greece, one of his favourite places. He was an avid reader of political biographies, world history and religion and the novels of Sir Walter Scott. But he was probably most at home latterely sailing his boat round the inlets and sea lochs of West Scotland.

He is survived by Pat, children Peter and Rory, who have both returned to the Angus area to live and work , Fiona (USA) and Boff (Dubai) and by his twelve grandchildren.

Added by: Pat Anderson on 29 January 2013.

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