Nottingham Hospitals Archives 2011
NOTTINGHAM’S EMINENT SURGEONS AND PHYSICIANS
Atholl H. MacLaren M.B.E., M.B., ChB., F.R.C.G.P.
President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society
1978 - 1979
Atholl MacLaren was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland and educated at Elgin Academy and Aberdeen University where he qualified M.B., ChB in 1947. After service in the Royal Air Force he moved to Ruddington, a village just outside Nottingham where he was to remain in general practice for the next 41 years. In addition to his clinical work he shouldered a heavy burden of administrative responsibilities. These included being a member of the British Medical Association Local Medical Committee from 1970 to 1990, where he was its Chairman from 1978 to 1990. He was also a member of the Nottinghamshire Family Practitioners’ Committee and again he held the position of Chairman from 1978 to 1990. Finally, he was a member and its President between 1984 to 1985 of the Society of Family Practitioners’ Committee for both England and Wales.
As if he didn’t have enough to do during this period (!) he served as a member of the Basford Rural District Council from 1952 to 1965 and Medical Officer to the Nottingham Forest Football Club from 1960 to 1972.
Atholl MacLaren joined the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society after arriving in Ruddington, becoming its President in 1978 –79, a life member in 1985 and later a trustee. During his memorable year of Presidency during the 150th celebrations he supervised a splendid Anniversary Dinner at County Hall attended by local dignitaries and other luminaries. It is sufficient to say that his speech was the best of the evening! The Presidential year was, of course, dominated by the celebrations, which his Presidential Address dealt amusingly with many of the characters that had contributed to the medical scene over the years. In conjunction with Mr. John Barr Cochrane, Dr. Sandy Saunders and Dr. James Macfie, all former Presidents of the Society he wrote a Commemorative Anniversary Book of the Society.