Dr Henry Fairlie
Dr Henry Fairlie MBChB FFARCS DA
16/09/1916 to 19/03/2019
Place of birth: Glasgow
Education and qualifications
|Glasgow High School; Glasgow University Medical School|
Primary medical qualification(s)
|MBChB, Glasgow, 1939|
Initial Fellowship and type
|FFARCS by Election|
Year of Fellowship
Professional life and career
After qualifying was house surgeon & house physician in the Western Infirmary, Glasgow and house surgeon at the city’s Royal Maternity Hospital, the work of all three posts involving the administration of anaesthetics. He was in the RAMC from 1941-1946 (Lieutenant, then Captain), serving in Africa (becoming fluent in Swahili) and the Far East. He then spent a year undertaking PG education in anaesthesia at Glasgow University before being appointed anaesthetist to Vale of Leven Hospital & Glasgow Eye Infirmary in 1947.
He was promoted to SHMO in 1948, thereafter also working at Beatson Hospital & the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Glasgow. In 1954 he became a consultant based at the Western Infirmary with duties also at RHSC (to 1975), Royal Samaritan & Royal Maternity Hospitals. He retired in 1981.
Professional interests and activities
Interests at various stages in his career included neonatal anaesthesia, staffing in the specialty and reactions to bone cement in hip replacement surgery. He was active in, and president of, both the Glasgow & West of Scotland (1966) and Scottish Societies (1975) of Anaesthesia.
Other biographical information
His father was also Henry, an anaesthetist, founder member and president of the Scottish Society (1923 & 1932), and Henry Jr, in excellent form in his 99th year, was the senior past president at the Society’s Centenary meeting in 2015. Married to Morag Smeal, they had two daughters. Leisure activities included tennis, golf, angling, Scottish country dancing and bird watching.
Author and sources
Author: Prof Tony Wildsmith
Sources and any other comments:  Boulton Form  Website of the Scottish Society of Anaesthetists (https://www.ssa.scot/) where Dr Fairlie can be seen in the photograph of past presidents (front row, fourth from left)