Ray J. Scothorne, BSc, MD, FRSE, FRCS (Glasg)

Honored Member Award 1995

Ray Scothorne was born near Nottingham and was brought up around Darlington, Newcastle, and Whitely Bay. As a student at the University of Leeds, he was encouraged into anatomy. Early on he won a Rockerfeller Scholarship to attend the University of Chicago where he worked closely with the great histologist William Bloom. Bloom's mastery of histology and cytological features made a great impression on Professor Scothorne.

In the 1950's Professor Scothorne was a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow where he worked with a pioneer in plastic surgery - Iain MacGregor. His greatest scientific discovery was in this relationship - the response of regional lymph nodes to a foreign graft. In 1960, at the age of 39, Professor Scothorne was appointed to the Chair of Anatomy at King's College, Durham University (soon to become the University of Newcastle). In 1973 he returned to Glasgow as the Regius Professor of Anatomy - a post he held until his retirement in 1990 at the age of 70.

Professor Scothorne had a deep understanding of many areas of anatomy and in addition to his peer-reviewed papers he contributed to many textbooks: Cunningham's Textbook of AnatomyHamilton's Textbook of Human Anatomy, Companion to Medical Students, and The Pathology of the Liver. From 1971 to 1973, Professor Scothorne was President of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland. However, it was his work with the British Association of Clinical Anatomists (BACA) and the establishment of the journal Clinical Anatomy that was perhaps his greatest academic achievement. As the UK Editor for the journal he worked closely with Ralph Ger and Don Cahill of the AACA. In 1995 his efforts were recognized at the joint AACA-BACA meeting at the Mayo in Rochester, MN where he was awarded the status of Honored Member of the AACA. He retired as the UK Editor of Clinical Anatomy in 2001.

Professor Scothorne was an avid bird watcher, but above all very devoted to his wife Audrey, and their family, Clare, Richard and Cathy and their children: John, Louise, Jamie, Will, Rory and Catrine. His influence was made on many scores of medical students, as well as his faculty peers and departmental staff members, during his time in academia. He is kindly remembered as an outstanding and inspirational individual.