Obituary: Audrey McClymont, specialist in dentistry recognized for her care of young patients

AUDREY McCLYMONT, who died this year at the age of 67, was a prominent member of the dental profession in Scotland, who has spent most of her professional life caring for children with special needs.

This happened, first, in a mobile van during her years in the community dental service / public health service, and later when she was the only specialist associated with the Royal Hospital For Sick Children, in Yorkhill, Glasgow.

She was particularly interested in the care of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and developed care and treatment paths for them.

Children and their parents loved him. She was renowned for her changeable shades of hair and wacky sense of humor, but most of all for her loyalty and dedication to the well-being of children.

She has also made a significant contribution over many years to the dental care of the children of the Yorkhill Oncology Department, a role also marked by her gentle and caring dedication to their well-being. She was a perfect role model and teacher for many dental students and specialist trainees. Working with her has been a master class for all of her colleagues, juniors and seniors.

In 2013, the mother of a young boy nominated McClymont for an award in the Doctors category of a newspaper’s Scottish Health Awards.

The 11-year-old suffered from cerebral palsy, epilepsy and quadriplegia, and McClymont, as a pediatric dentist at Yorkhill, had worked closely with him. “Audrey has always been great with him,” the mom said. “If we have any problems… we can call Audrey directly and she will see it right away.” Nothing is too much for her ”.

McClymont has held all positions in the West Scotland branch of the British Society of Pediatric Dentistry (BSPD), with the exception of the Hon. secretary, and attended almost every local meeting and national conference.

It was often difficult for Community Dental Service staff to get time off to attend national conferences, and she used to take annual leave to do so. In 1997, her boss was reluctant to let her take a vacation for the Glasgow BSPD annual conference until he was convinced it would be bad for him while Audrey, as branch president of the West of Scotland, opened it.

She was instrumental in organizing the 2011 BSPD Annual Conference in Glasgow and, more famously, the biannual Congress of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry (IAPD), which was held at SECC Glasgow in 2015.

Of all his accomplishments in the service of pediatric dentistry, the story of his role on the IAPD 2015 organizing committee is legendary. Who else could have managed to get Highland cattle and Clydesdale horses from Pollok Park to SECC Park, so that delegates could see them?

She was in her element by showcasing her country. If anyone had to design a tartan that, in its colors and squares, represented the specialty of pediatric dentistry, it would be Audrey.

The IAPD tartan is registered in the Scottish Register of Tartans, reference 10395. Designer Strathmore Woolen Co Ltd uniquely insisted on McClymont being on the co-designer list, such was his contribution and knowledge during the long process. Design.

Pediatric dentistry was a very important part of her life, but it was not consuming her at all. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of Scottish history, honed during her formative years by accompanying her father on numerous excursions.

She was the perfect guide on many excursions and vacations with friends and colleagues. Junior colleagues who were new to Scotland would be invited to join her for a day at a nearby castle, loch or island. She was the most generous and caring colleague, teacher and friend.

After her retirement, she did not rest but administered all the arrangements for the 40th reunion of her dental graduation year and had already finalized the plans for their 45th.

In 2014, she helped set up a monthly walking group of retired friends. She loved to travel, especially with friends who all have a myriad of stories and memories of the fun they shared with her.

Audrey had the gift of persuasion; her incredible ability to treat her little patients and gain their trust and cooperation was impressive. She also liked to mislead her friends, which of course they liked. All of her friends were stunned when she lost her fight against Covid-19.

Audrey McClymont (n̩e Milne) and her younger brother Barry were raised and educated in East Kilbride. Their parents Рtheir father was a civil engineer, their mother a teacher in household sciences and passionate about the local performance theater Рwere from Montrose; they had met for the first time on a train to Glasgow and realized that they both had the same last name.

McClymont graduated from BDS at the University of Glasgow in 1977. Throughout her childhood she made many lasting friendships.

Her love for Montrose, stemming from many visits to her grandparents, was on par with her love for the small Greek village of Agios Stefanos in Corfu, where she spent many vacations and created wonderful memories for her two children. , Zoe and Ross. She is survived by them and her grandson, Bill.

Sheila Campbell, Pam Coia and Richard Welbury

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