The Royal Melbourne Hospital mourns the passing of our esteemed colleague, Dr Margaret Henderson on 16 August, at the age of 102.
A much loved and respected member of staff, Dr Henderson graduated MBBS in 1938 and was a Resident Medical Officer in 1939-40. Following wartime medical service, she became an honorary physician in 1947, and in 1959, became the first woman on the Senior Medical Staff, a pioneering position she held until her retirement in 1981.
A highly regarded physician in general internal medicine with specialist interests in respiratory and thoracic medicine, she was also an outstanding teacher much sought after by medical students and residents and played a major role as head of one of the RMH general medical units for many years.
She received an OBE for her services to medicine in 1976, and in 2005 she was made Consultant Emeritus at the RMH, becoming only the second person to receive this honour. Our heartfelt condolences to the Henderson family.