Doctor and former naval officer;
Born: September 20, 1924; Died: September 12, 2013.
Dr Donald Jardine, who has died aged 88 in Edinburgh, was a doctor in Scotland and Tanzania, and a former naval radio officer who served on the Atlantic and Russian convoys. He was a kind gentleman with a keen sense of humour and great wisdom.
Born in Glasgow to William and Frances Jardine, he attended Queen's Park School, from where he left to join the Navy during the war. On one of his voyages, the convoy was attacked by U-boats and many lives were lost in the freezing North Sea.
When the war ended, he left the Navy and gained the required entrance qualifications to study medicine at Glasgow University from 1947 to 1952. He met Kathleen Anne Casey, or Kate as she was called, at the Royal Maternity Hospital (Rottenrow) in 1955, where she was a nursing sister. They married, and travelled to Tanzania (then Tanganyka) in 1956, where he worked for two years.
He learned a great deal in Tanzania and was often called upon to make skilful decisions in his medical work, such as straining a woman's blood through gauze, to then transfuse back into her after a ruptured ectopic pregnancy.
He travelled throughout Tanzania with an assistant, treating many people and saving lives. His work included treating a young Julius Nyerere, who went on to become President of Tanzania, for malaria.
Dr Jardine returned to Scotland and worked as a general practitioner in Clydebank for many years before moving to Argyll, then Sutherland, and finally the Borders.
When he was in his late fifties, he returned to Tanzania, with his wife, to work for the Commonwealth Development Corporation. He ran a small hospital and instigated the building of a maternity hospital. He also worked at the Benedictine Mission Hospital.
It was a tribute to his commitment to Tanzania that he learned and spoke Kiswahili (or Swahili) almost fluently and remembered it his entire life.
On his return to Scotland he always had time for people and his medical skills earned him much respect and affection among patients. He always said medicine was an art rather than a science. Aside from his work, he was a keen fly fisher, gardener and devoted family man.
He is survived by his brother, sister, two daughters, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. His wife died in 1997. His funeral service will be in Polwarth Parish Church, Edinburgh, on Thursday at 11am and he will be buried in Cawdor Cemetery on Friday at 1pm.
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