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IN tribute to Kenneth Coutts (VR, May 24, 2014, vol 174, p 534), Fergus Coutts and Gordon Coutts write: Ken Coutts was born on February 8, 1932, in Aberdeen, into a family that had worked for many generations in the quarries of Aberdeenshire. His father was a motor engineer, manufacturing components for the boost-controller in Rolls Royce Merlin aero engines during the Second World War.
Bombing raids on Aberdeen started in 1940 and the family was soon evacuated to Garlogie. Ken realised he wanted to be a vet while working on farms during this wartime evacuation. He attended Aberdeen Grammar School but, although he passed the university entrance certificate, Glasgow Vet School turned down his application because of his speech impediment. He then studied science at the University of Aberdeen and, after passing the first year with flying colours, he was accepted into the Dick Vet College in Edinburgh.
It was over 60 years ago that he met Dorothy at one of the legendary Dick Vet dances. They married in 1957, raised two sons, faced challenges and enjoyed a long and happy life together.
Ken played rugby for the …
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