TB Alert is saddened by the passing of our Patron, Lord (Robert) Kilpatrick of Kincraig, who has died in Edinburgh at the age of 89.
Lord Kilpatrick’s support for TB Alert was seeded in Edinburgh, where he was successfully treated for tuberculosis under the care of TB Alert’s founder and Honorary President, Sir John Crofton. Lord Kilpatrick was one of the first patients to receive the antibiotic streptomycin, then a revolutionary new treatment for TB. Lord Kilpatrick later became an eminent doctor himself and served as President of the General Medical Council. In 1979, Lord Kilpatrick was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), he was knighted in 1986, and created life peer Baron Kilpatrick of Kincraig in 1996.
Lord Kilpatrick felt lucky to have been in the right time and place to benefit from Sir John Crofton’s visionary ‘Edinburgh method’ for treating TB. He also believed it a travesty that many years later, people around the world could not access the same life-saving treatment that he received. This is why he agreed to become TB Alert’s Patron in 2002.
Lord (Robert) Kilpatrick of Kincraig: 29 July 1926 – 16 September 2015