Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 15-July-2005, Vol 118 No 1218
David Stewart Hogg
David Hogg died in Wellington at the end of December 2002. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1927 and educated in that city, graduating in medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1949.
As a boy, and in early adult life, he was an excellent sportsman. He excelled in soccer, golf, tennis, and badminton, gaining a University Blue in soccer.
After qualifying, he did various jobs at hospitals in the Glasgow area, and followed these with GP locums until he became a partner in a group in Turriff, a rural town in north-east Scotland. There he met and married Hazel Beaddie, a local school teacher. She converted him to cards—initially solo whist and later bridge. They were both talented players and played competitive bridge up to Scottish Championship level.
They migrated to New Zealand in 1964 and David joined a practice in Tawa. He was an excellent doctor admired by patients and colleagues in both New Zealand and Scotland. David was a very private, quiet, and genteel gentleman, never seen to lose his temper despite provocation. The Hogg’s social life was largely bridge-associated.
In 1979, David had the first of many cardiac events and this forced him out of general practice to work in the Health Department where he was highly regarded. Even this became too much and he retired because of ill health after a few years.
Life has been difficult for David over the past years and he bore his disappointment and the frustration, and the pain and discomfort that was his lot, with admirable, non-complaining fortitude and dignity.
He was survived by Hazel and two adopted daughters, both of whom live in the UK. Hazel died suddenly in her sleep in October 2004.
Dr A Leslie Florence, a long-time partner of Dr Hogg, contributed this obituary.
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