William Marshall Phillip




From:Roll of Graduates Aberdeen University 1901-1925
Philip, William Marshall M.B. C.M. 1895 D.P.H 1897
C. B. E. 1927
Retired 1927: Ealing, London.  Died Durban, Natal, 5 June 1932. R. of S*. p.336
A.U.R. XX, 94

*R. of S. refers to the University of Aberdeen Roll of Service in the Great War 1914-1919.  Edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce.  1921

Aberdeen University Review, XX, 94
Dr. William Marshall Philip, who was for many years Medical Officer of Health of Colombo, Ceylon, has died in Durban.  He was the third son of Rev. W. Marshall Philip (alumnus, King's College and Marischal College, 1851-55).  His eldest brother is Fleet Surgeon Thomas W. Philip (M.A. 1888, M.B. 1891) and another brother, Dr. James Farquhar Philip (M. B. 1893), is now practising in Ealing.  Another brother was Rev. G. F. I. Philip, St Clement's, Aberdeen, and later of New Deer.  Shortly after graduating at the University, Dr. Philip, with his brother, Dr. James, set out for Klondyke, and were among the first to enter Dawson City.  After returning to this country Dr. Philip practised for some years in England, and later went out to Ceylon as Medical Officer of Health for Colombo.  There he did notable work in the interests of health and sanitation.  Dr. Philip succeeded in revolutionising the medical and sanitary department of the municipality, and before his work was finished he made Colombo famous as the healthiest and cleanest city of the East.  In 1926 the Colonial Advisory Medical and Sanitary Committee, through the Secretary of State for the Colonies, congratulated Dr. Philip on his valuable report on the health of Colombo, and recorded their appreciation of his work during his term of office.  At the same time the Governor of Ceylon forwarded an expression of his very sincere regret at Dr. Philip's approaching retirement and his sense of loss which the Colony in general, and Colombo in particular, would thereby sustain.  His record of distinguished service was further recognised by the King, who conferred on him the honour of C.B.E.. Dr. Philip had gone for the winter to South Africa and on his way home he was taken ill at Durban, where he died, after a short illness, from an attack of sleepy sickness.  He was man of great ability in his own profession, and his charming personality will be greatly missed by a wide circle of friends in all parts of the world.


A special thanks to Martyn Gorman, Aberdeen University, who kindly provided this biography of Dr. Phillip.



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