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Robert Wood

Robert Anthony Bowness Wood

Alcuin 1952 - 1956, Manor 1956 - 1961

Died 27th October 2016, aged 73

Robert Wood was born in Horsforth, near Leeds, coming to board at St Olave’s in 1952. Bright and inquisitive, with a retentive memory, he usually came top of his form, J2B, despite doing almost no work - his nickname at School was 'Dizzy'. He really came into his own when he joined the school Scouts, which fired his enduring love of nature and everything outdoors while allowing him enough space for a healthy disrespect for authority. He became a Queen's Scout.

At the age of seventeen, Robert acquired an A35 Van which, with friends from school, he took camping, climbing and skiing, first in Scotland and the Lake District and, then, all over Europe. He remained a keen traveller and hill-walker throughout his life. He also retained a broad-ranging love of music from his school days, later becoming President of Dundee Chamber Music Club.

On leaving St Peter's, Robert studied medicine at Leeds University, playing for a local hockey team and spending much of his free time in the Yorkshire Dales. He worked as a junior doctor in a variety of medical posts across the UK, followed by a year working in Chicago and then a spell in Glasgow.

Robert took up a senior lecturing post at Dundee University's Medical School in 1976.

He bought a house with a good wine cellar looking south across the river Tay to the fields of Fife, and stayed there for there for the rest of his life. He continued his NHS work as a Consultant General Surgeon at Dundee's Ninewells Hospital and, after retiring in 2008, continued lecturing in human anatomy at St. Andrews University.

Robert is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, children Chris, Tim, Alison and Susannah, and by nine grandchildren.