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John D C Anderson
  1. D D M McGavin
  1. Correspondence to: Dr D D Murray McGavin ICTHES World Care, West Hurlet House, Glasgow Road, Hurlet, Glasgow G53 7TH, UK; m.mcgavin{at}

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Jock Anderson: a man with a mission

“Jock” Anderson was born in Lincolnshire, UK, in 1924, attended Bedford School, read natural sciences at Cambridge University (interrupted by World War II), completing his degree in 1949, and then studied medicine, graduating from Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1952.

Jock and his wife, Gwendy, whom he had met at Cambridge, were committed to selfless service to others, in both their personal and professional lives. This deeply held sense of commitment and duty was the outworking of their Christian belief, quiet conviction and faith, as they travelled to countries of the developing world with a strong awareness of God’s call on their lives.

After house jobs in Bedford, Jock passed his primary FRCS, and in 1955 accepted an appointment at the CMS Christian Hospital, Quetta, Pakistan. While working as a physician and general surgeon in this 120-bed hospital, he developed an interest and concern for the many patients with eye disease, particularly through an association with the Henry Holland Mission Hospital at …

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