FORMER Selkirk Rugby Club and SRU President Dr Donald Macleod passed away on Sunday, aged 81.
“Donald not only epitomised all that was good about Selkirk Rugby Club but the game of rugby itself,” said a club statement. “He served as Selkirk RFC President from 2009-2011, and was President of the Scottish Rugby Union from 2013-2014.
“The club’s flag is being flown at half-mast in Donald’s honour, and a minute’s silence will be observed by both team’s prior to this Friday’s Tennent’s Premiership fixture against Jed-Forest at Philiphaugh. The club would like to extend its sincere condolences to Lucile and the family.”
Macleod also played for Edinburgh Accies, and was Scotland’s team doctor for 26 years, finishing in 1995 after bing involved in the 1984 and 1990 Grand Slam successes as well as two World Cups. He was the British Lions doctor on their tour of New Zealand in 1983, and also served the SRU and the International Rugby Board as a medical advisor.
Away from rugby, he was consultant general surgeon at Bangour General Hospital in West Lothian from 1975 to 2001, and associate postgraduate dean of surgery for south-east Scotland from 1993 to 2004. He was also an honorary professor of sports medicine at Aberdeen University from 1998 to 2003.
He served as vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh from 2001 to 2004; chair of the Intercollegiate Academic Board for Sports and Exercise Medicine from 1998 to 2003; president of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine from 1995 to 2002; and from 2005 to 2008 was chair of the medical committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bid.
He also received the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine’s Sir Roger Bannister Medal in 2005 for outstanding contribution to sports medicine.
“Donald was unquestionably one of the pioneers,” said Scottish Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer and Scotland team doctor, James Robson. “He was pivotal to the adoption of professional standards in sports medicine and instrumental in securing its formal standing within the Royal College of Surgeons.”