Tribute to the late Mary McKinnon RN MSc

It is with immense sadness that we share the news of the untimely death of our dear colleague Mrs Mary McKinnon RN MSc. Mary's contribution to primary care diabetes is well established in the annals of diabetes care in the UK. She was a pioneer in establishing the role of the primary care practice nursing in diabetes. As far back as the early 1980s she was a key contributor and faculty member of the Warwick diabetes centre. Her imaginative and inclusive leadership recognised the importance of inter-disciplinary working in primary care and equally the pertinence of integration between primary and secondary care. Mary was always a uniter despite systems being less than sympathetic to this principle.

She was a formidable supporter of FEND in its early days and provided generous advice arising from her vast experience. Her presence in the community of diabetes care and research in primary care is a model that others have adapted and continue to develop. She had a great sense of humour and a wonderful sense of the ridiculous. Her company was always life enhancing,

We shall indeed miss this extraordinary icon. Undoubtedly her legacy will prevail. Remembering her now reminds us of Florence Nightingale. We quote the following in memory of Mary:

"Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore".

May she rest in peace.

Anne-Marie Felton FEND President
Kristin de Backer FEND Chairman
Deirdre Kyne-Grzebalski  immediate past Chairman