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Alec Badenoch


1903 - 1991

Summarised from Plarr's "Lives of the Fellows Online"

Alec Badenoch was born in Banff on 23 June 1903, the son of John Alexander Badenoch, a chartered accountant, and Georgina Dingwall, daughter of a joiner. He was educated at Banff Academy and later attended the Marischal College Aberdeen to read English Literature, but changed to medicine. He qualified in 1927 and took the MD two years later.

His surgical studies were in London, first at St Mary's Hospital and later at St Peter's Hospital for Stone, where he came under the influence of Clifford Morson, FJF Barrington, John Swift Joly and Ronald Ogier Ward, who determined that urology would become his speciality. He passed the FRCS in 1934 and spent some time as a postgraduate in Vienna before being appointed surgeon to the Metropolitan Hospital in 1938.

At the outbreak of war, he was called up to serve in the RAF, rising to the rank Wing Commander in charge of surgical divisions at Rauceby, Wroughton and St Athan. In spite of his busy surgical commitment he found time to take the ChM degree in 1944.

After demobilisation in 1946, he was appointed Surgeon to St Peter's Hospital for Stone and to St Bartholomew's Hospital the following year. Later in the same year, he was appointed to King Edward VII Hospital for Officers and, in 1950, became visiting urologist to the Royal Masonic Hospital.

Following his retirement in 1968, he moved to Malmesbury Wiltshire where died on 16 February 1991, aged 87. One of his two surviving sons, David, is a Consultant Urologist.

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