Professor David Rutherford Dow, Professor of Anatomy and Master of Queens College, Dundee

Scope and Content

Photocopy of scrapbook kept by David Rutherford Dow, c 1954- c 1961; Folder containing letters to David Rutherford Dow and to his wife (ne Agnes Morton), particularly from Adam Patrick and photograph of Dundee doctors. 1866-1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Rutherford Dow was a native of Crail, Fife. He was educated in Crail and at Waid Academy in Anstruther before proceeding to St Andrews University, graduating MB ChB with distinction in 1911. He obtained in DPH in 1912 and in 1924 his MD thesis on arteriosclerosis was awarded commendation. He was admitted FRCPE and FRSE in 1932. After graduating, he acted as house surgeon in Dundee Royal Infirmary before moving to Great Ormond Street Hospital London.

In 1913, he was appointed assistant lecturer in anatomy at United College, St Andrews and continued there until 1925 when he was appointed to the Cox Chair of Anatomy at University College Dundee. During the Second World War, he was also in charge of the anatomy department at United College at St Andrews. He was appointed Master of Queens College in 1954 and held this post while continuing with his teaching duties until 1958 when he retired. He was awarded the degree of LLD of St Andrews, honoris causa, in 1959. Professor Dow died in December 1979.


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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

Received from Mrs Agnes Dow, widow of David Rutherford Dow in 1981 via Michael Shafe, Deputy Librarian


Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Nicoll and revised by Caroline Brown, June 2003

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Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Nicoll and revised by Caroline Brown, June 2003. Description updated by Jennifer Johnstone, May 2007.

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