Doctor Dorothy Milne, who pἀssed away at the age of 92, began her career as an expert in family planning before transitioning to s*xual health. After retiring, she devoted her time to helping women who had gone through trauma, crises, and exploitation.
Dorothy was born in Glasgow and raised in Aberdeen, where she attended the girls’ high school and won a scholarship to study medἰcine at Aberdeen University. There, she met engineer Ronald Milne, with whom she later got married in 1955.
Dorothy took a position as a school medical officer after the couple relocated to Stevenage in Hertfordshire. The Family Planning Association, which at the time primarily served married women, quickly approached her about working there.
After meeting Helen Brook, a trailblazing expert in family planning, Dorothy assisted her in founding the first Brook Clinic in 1964, which was groundbreaking in providing family planning to all women. By then, Dorothy and Ronald had relocated to Henham, Essex, with their two small children, and she was balancing household duties with after-hours clinics.
When Ronald was hired as a professor of mathematical engineering at Bristol University in 1971, the family relocated to Bristol. Dorothy acquired a position at the s*xual health clinic at Bristol Royal Infirmary in addition to continuing her work at the Brook Advisory Centers. She spent 25 years working there while also finishing her MD.
She was renowned for her calmness and humor – once disarming an embarrassing encounter with the family plumber at the clinic by saying: “You fixed my pipes, now I can fix yours.” On her retirement in 1995, the clinic was named the JD Milne Centre in her honor.
After she retired, Dorothy helped establish and administer the One25 charity in St. Paul’s, Bristol, for the next 15 years. One25 provided a safe haven and support to s*x workers on Bristol’s streets through a daytime drop-in center and a night outreach from a modified van. Her expertise and experience were crucial to One25’s success.
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Dorothy has numerous enduring friendships spanning several generations and has long-standing Quaker beliefs. She gave Ronald her undivided attention when he fell ill and did so till his passing in 2014. She maintained her love of the outdoors and Scottish heritage, swimming wild into her 80s.
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