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Donald Melvin MacKay was born on 18 July 1924 in Stockton on Tees into a medical family. Both parents were medical practitioners in Thornaby during the second world war.
He was educated at Merchiston School and Edinburgh University, graduating in 1946. Following national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps and several hospital appointments, he finally settled in practice in Northallerton in 1952. He retired in 1984 after many years of dedicated service to this community. He was well liked by his patients and had special responsibility for the village of Appleton Wiske and the surrounding farming community.
Between 1966 and 1984 he was member of the North Riding Executive Council and then the first secretary of the North Yorkshire Medical Committee, which represented all general practitioners in the North Yorkshire area. He was a stalwart defender of our independence and autonomy.
His interests included fellwalking, which he enjoyed until recently. He was also a keen gardener and a knowledgeable historian.
He was a devoted family man. He leaves a widow, Monica; two sons, Andrew and William, and daughters in law, Margaret and Carol; and four granddaughters.
Former general practitioner Northallerton (b 1924; q Edinburgh 1946; DObstRCOG), died after a cerebral haemorrhage on 22 September 2007.