Doctor’s orders: ‘A good partner is the secret of a long life’
A SURGICAL lecturer who practised as a GP in Campbeltown said a ‘good love life’ has helped him reach his 100th birthday.
Speaking to the Courier last week from Edinburgh, with his wife Isobel, 95, listening in on another line, Dr Ian MacPhail said: ‘The secret of a long life is good living, a good wife and a good love life,’ a laugh came from Mrs MacPhail.
Recently the MacPhails, their three children and four grand children celebrated the milestone with a family party at home in Edinburgh.
Dr MacPhail was born on August 8 1917 and told the Courier his earliest memory was of being lost in Glasgow aged four and being taken to a police station.
He was collected by an uncle.
He studied medicine at Glasgow before becoming the Westerna resident General at working in the accident and emergency department, known as casualty. He moved to Professor Illingworth’s department, became superintendant at the hospital and lectured in clincial surgery. A few years after the end of the Second World War the general practice doctor from Campbeltown, took his wife to the Infirmary and Dr MacPhail set her broken ankle. Dr MacPhail was invited to join the Campbeltown practice in 1948 as an equal partner with the inducement that he would be able to continue to operate as the cottage hospital had a theatre and X-ray machine.
De MacPhail said: ‘I carried out some appendectomies and occasional bowel surgery at Campbeltown hospital.’
Dr MacPhail retired from the practice in 1979 aged 61 and a large party was held in Victoria hall to mark the occasion.
That retirement, at the age of 61, opened a new chapter in his life when, a year later, he moved to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, to oversee the opening of a hospital.
Dr MacPhail said: ‘Those five years in the Middle East where some of the happiest of my life so far.’
In a varied life Dr MacPhail was also the Rotary Club of Campbeltown’s first ever president, aged 54, after the organisation gained its charter in 1971.
Dr Ian MacPhail is the first Rotary Club of Campbeltown member to reach his 100th birthday.
A club spokesperson said: ‘A special birthday card has been sent by the club congratulating our first president on his century.
‘Ian and his wife Isobel have lived in Edinburgh for some time and though it is now a few years since they visited Campbeltown, they still have a Kintyre home.’
Dr Ian MacPhail celebrates his birthday with his wife Isobel and family.
Dr Ian MacPhail in his youth.