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BMJ. 2007 October 13; 335(7623): 779.
PMCID: PMC2018756

William Hector Ninian Angus

William Hector Ninian Angus (“Bill”) was called up within six months of qualifying to be medical officer of 111 Squadron. He served for four years, in North Africa and Italy, outlasting many of his contemporaries. After hospital jobs he entered into partnership in Southampton in 1950 and remained in the same practice until he retired in 1988.

As well as being closely involved with local medical politics, he helped to set up the general practice teaching at the new Southampton Medical School, which started taking students in 1972. Along with a number of other general practitioners he supported the idea of teaching medical students throughout their medical course, starting in the first year with early medical contact. This involved students going out to visit mothers with new babies within the first two weeks of arriving in the medical school. He was one of the earliest trainers in general practice in the country, working closely with George Swift. One of his registrars remains a partner in his practice, where well over 30 general practitioners have been trained.

After retirement at the age of 70, Bill enjoyed his young family, his golf, and in the last few years his grandchildren, on whom he doted. He leaves his wife, Sonja; two children; and four grandchildren.


Former general practitioner Southampton, and innovator in general practice training (b 1918; q Glasgow 1941; FRCGP, BMA fellow), died from heart failure on 12 May 2007.

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