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IN tribute to Dugald Francis Macdougall (VR, August 17/24, 2013, vol 173, p 171), Peter Holmes, Bob Michell and Irene McCandlish write: Dugald Macdougall was born on May 12, 1943, in Harrogate where his parents’ civil service departments were relocated during the war. In 1945, the family returned to Potters Bar where Dugald attended Finchley Catholic Grammar School. He was the eldest of four brothers.
Dugald had Scottish roots and moved to Scotland to begin his veterinary studies in Glasgow in 1961. At school he had been a very keen Scout and runner and, at university, he became a very keen member of the Hare and Hounds and was a Queen's Scout. He was a devout Catholic throughout his life and a very active member of the Glasgow University Catholic Chaplaincy where he met his future wife, Betty. After graduating in 1966 Dugald joined the vet school staff in Glasgow and served as a houseman in the department of medicine for two years under the watchful eyes of Professors Ian McIntyre and Ted Fisher. It was a time of considerable research on calf diseases in Glasgow and Dugald was pleased to have the opportunity to study for a PhD with Professor Bill Mulligan on the metabolism of plasma proteins in the young calf. This was a challenging project involving the use of radiolabelled plasma proteins to quantify their distribution and turnover rates. He was awarded a PhD for his work in 1972. He then moved to the Animal Health Trust (AHT) where he worked until 1984 before joining the pathology department at Cambridge …
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