Professor David Alexander

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It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to our dear friend and colleague Professor David Alexander yesterday. A trauma specialist who spent the best part of his life helping and supporting victims of natural disasters, human conflict and major incidents, David was one of a kind.

Baldarroch Crematorium at Crathes was packed with friends and former colleagues who turned up to pay their last respects to David, an indication of the high regard in which he was held by all who knew him.

I first met David three years ago and we immediately hit it off.  He joined the IED team last April as a Clinical Advisor, offering advice and guidance and working with us to develop our trauma stress management programme.

It was humbling to hear yesterday about the immense contribution David made to his profession, and the many stories of how he helped thousands of people around the world throughout a career which spanned more than 30 years. David genuinely cared about those he worked with and it was very clear just how respected he was by all those he met and knew.

I feel hugely privileged to have known David – his common-sense approach, his practical guidance, his compassion, his expertise and of course, his wicked sense of humour. He was a true gentleman who made an extraordinary contribution and I will miss him very much.

IED PROF DAVID ALEXANDER