Doctor and soprano;
Born: December 4, 1944; Died: August 27, 2013.
Dr Margaret Gray, who has died aged 68, was a consultant cardio-thoracic anaesthetist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, as well as a soprano who sang with BBC Scottish singers, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Scottish Philharmonic Singers, and many others.
The only daughter of Ronald Stockwell, stereotyper with The Paisley Daily Express, and his wife Maisie, she was born in a tenement in Paisley before later moving to Elderslie. With her younger brother Philip, she attended The John Neilson Institution, the well-respected school in the west end of the town, and there her love and passion for music started. She was encouraged to join the choir at Paisley Abbey and had singing lessons at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which were financed by a MacFarlane Scholarship. On leaving school, Margaret attended Glasgow University Medical School.
In 1971, she was persuaded to take up a senior house officer post in anaesthesia at Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge, where she joined the London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, satisfying her need to sing.
In 1974, she returned to Scotland as a senior registrar in anaesthesia at Glasgow Royal Infirmary before taking up a consultant post at the Southern General Hospital in 1978. In 1983, she returned to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, as consultant cardio-thoracic anaesthetist, where she remained until her retirement in 2006.
She also sang, with BBC Scottish singers, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, A la Carte Singers, Scottish Philharmonic Singers, Good Shepherd Chorus, Scottish Festival Singers, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus (invited augmenter/enhancer), Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus and Hyndland Parish Church Choir. She was singing with the last two until only a few weeks before her death.
She is survived by her husband Ian, stepsons Crawford and Andrew, brother Philip, sister-in-law Kate and nieces Katy and Alison.
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